Enterprise small cell specialist SpiderCloud Wireless was in Barcelona this week showing off a recently-launched app that can approximate the number of cells needed to provide sufficient in-building coverage and capacity.
The app, called Easy-30 (30 being the number of days it could take an enterprise to go from planning to launching indoor small cells) is pitched at operators' sales teams to speed up the process of modelling what a SpiderCloud deployment would look like to their enterprise customers and, crucially, how much it is likely to cost them.
"Normally an operator brings in an expensive RF engineer," explained Art King, director of enterprise at SpiderCloud, on Tuesday.
To arrive at an estimate, an operator enters various parameters like the number of staff, floors, and the size of each floor.
"If it (the estimate) makes the business case OK for the enterprise then you send the [RF] engineer. It makes it cheaper for operators because they're not chasing projects that don't make sense," said King.
The app has its limitations though. For instance, it bases its calculation on offices that are a regular square shape, rather than "funny-shaped," King said.
"The app is just a very simple tool to get the conversation moving," he said.
Conversations are what King and his colleagues are engaged in at Mobile World Congress.
SpiderCloud in September won a contract to provide its small cell solution to Vodafone Netherlands, and in early February this year was selected by Vodafone UK.
"We're here [in Barcelona] this week to meet with operators," said King. "We've got 80-plus meetings in four days."