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  • jda254 jda254 Sep 18, 2013 5:39 PM Flag

    SpiderCloud confirms Vodafone Netherlands deal; US and LatAm

    Small cell upstart SpiderCloud Wireless has announced its first commercial operator deal, touting Vodafone Netherlands as its high-profile (but unsurprising) customer. The company is also expected to announce US and South American customers within the next six months.

    Based in San Jose, California, SpiderCloud delivers kit that enables enterprises to boost in-building coverage and capacity to thousands of campus employees. The company claims its Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) cuts out the need for weeks of specialist planning and installation, instead using Self Optimising Network (SON) software to deliver improved coverage in a fraction of the time (“just days”) compared to alternative technology options. Its E-RAN system incorporates 3G, 4G and WiFi technology in an effort to provide a truly multimode small cell offering indoors.

    “We can now, more rapidly than ever, address the needs of thousands of enterprise customers who rely on mobile connectivity and services for business productivity,” noted Marcel van den Biggelaar, head of technology strategy at Vodafone Netherlands. “Previously we were restricted by the cost and time it took to install legacy in-building wireless systems or the lack of scalability of first-generation small cells.”

    Going public with the Dutch deal is an important step for SpiderCloud, which earlier this year said it was engaged in 10-15 market trials “with leading mobile operators across four continents,” via a partnership with network vendor NEC.

    It is expected that the Vodafone Netherlands announcement will be the first of a few public deals involving the mobile operator giant, given that Vodafone has been a SpiderCloud partner for the past eighteen months. The pair announced a partnership in February last year when it was claimed that Vodafone helped SpiderCloud “assess the commercial need for the solution, provided laboratory facilities and helped run both technical and field trials.”

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    • Artilcle above appeared on 9/17/2013. This one is from last year:

      Mindspeed & SpiderCloud Get Small for Big Biz
      Michelle Donegan
      LR Mobile News Analysis
      Michelle Donegan

      Mindspeed Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MSPD) must have had its spidey senses tingling when it decided to work with a small startup called SpiderCloud Wireless to develop an indoor wireless system for large enterprises.

      SpiderCloud, of course, has nothing to do with Spiderman, or clouds. Rather, the company has developed an indoor 3G coverage system -- called the Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN), but often referred to as a mobile network in a box -- that operators can sell to their large enterprise customers. (See Look Out – Here Comes SpiderCloud!)

      And much of what makes that product different is due to the joint development work SpiderCloud has done with Mindspeed, the companies claim. The two firms have been working together from SpiderCloud's beginning in 2007, when it was formed by some former employees from Flarion (which was acquired by Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) in 2005), Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR). At that time, though, the Mindspeed team would have worn Picochip badges, before Mindspeed acquired the femto chip specialist in January this year. (See Mindspeed Snaps Up Picochip for $51.8M.)

      Specifically, the companies say they have together developed a customized baseband processor that has scalable and self-organizing features. The E-RAN system uses SpiderCloud's software stack, including the firm's own physical layer software (PHY) implementation on Mindpeed's system-on-chip (SoC). The PHY, in particular, is what enables the system to handle fast hand-offs among the small-cell access points so that users don't lose connectivity when moving around their offices. Also, it makes the system capable of handing several thousand users.