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Momentum gaining for scalable small cell networks for medium to large enterprises

NEC
Tuesday 28 May 13

NEC Europe Ltd. today announced that the company is seeing a growing market momentum and need for in-building coverage and capacity systems for medium to large enterprises. NEC and SpiderCloud Wireless, a leading provider of scalable small cell Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) systems, are now engaged in numerous market trials with leading mobile operators across four continents…

NEC Europe Ltd. today announced that the company is seeing a growing market momentum and need for in-building coverage and capacity systems for medium to large enterprises. NEC and SpiderCloud Wireless, a leading provider of scalable small cell Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) systems, are now engaged in numerous market trials with leading mobile operators across four continents.

SpiderCloud’s E-RAN enables a mobile operator-managed mobile access and services system for enterprise customers to be deployed rapidly; in days or weeks, compared with months or years for costly and complex Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS).

"In the last six months alone, we have seen a rapid increase in the need for small cell systems that can scale beyond 7-10 access points," said Anil Kohli, Chief Marketing Officer, Global Small Cell Business. "With E-RAN we are able to address mobile operators’ requests to meet the needs of 10s of thousands of enterprise customers with a flexible system that can scale from 100 to 10,000 employees, and beyond.”

NEC and SpiderCloud are the first to offer a true multi-access, multi-mode system with 3G, LTE/4G and dual-band Wi-Fi for reliable indoor mobile services for enterprise customers of any size. The E-RAN system consists of a Services Node (SCSN) that can control over 100 self-organizing and multi-access 3G, Wi-Fi and LTE/4G small cells. SCNS can be installed in just days using an enterprise-Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN) as a managed service by a mobile operator’s network.

“The small cell market is maturing and starting to segment much like Wi-Fi did 10 years ago,” said Russell Agle, director of business development with SpiderCloud Wireless. “The realization is setting in that individual small cells, or a mesh of small cells, made for residential or small business contexts simply cannot meet the in-building coverage, capacity and services needs of medium to large enterprises without requiring expensive and complex radio engineering.”

In a recent market study in which businesses revealed the growing issue of poor in-building mobile coverage and capacity, the majority of IT decision makers surveyed showed a willingness to move to a new mobile operator to solve this problem and showed great interest in additional operator-hosted services. For the survey results, go to www.spidercloud.com/yougov

“We are seeing an enterprise-driven need for better in-building services,” said Dimitris Mavrakis, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media. “The opportunity exists for mobile operators to deliver managed mobility applications and services for the larger business community, something that an on-premises-based small cell system can enable after reliable coverage and capacity has been established.”


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