Small Cell Networks

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Small cell solutions are enterprise-ready, easy to scale, and fourth utility crucial 

What is a small cell network?

What is a small cell network?

Small cells are low-powered radio access nodes used in densely populated urban areas to increase range and capacity for the next evolution of cellular standards. The advantages of a small cell system include improved coverage, very small footprint, lower cost and higher flexibility than macrocells or distributed antenna systems.

Corning Spidercloud has built the world’s first scalable small cell system that works. One system, comprised of one services node, can manage 100 dual-carrier radio nodes, providing reliable coverage and capacity for sites up to 1.5 million square feet. Our small cell system architecture enables mobile operators to deliver reliable mobile services to enterprises and venues. The system allows operators to deliver revenue services beyond basic coverage and capacity.

 

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CBRS & Private LTE

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SpiderCloud Enterprise RAN (E-RAN)

SpiderCloud Enterprise RAN (E-RAN)

Enterprise Friendly Deployment

Corning’s SpiderCloud E-RAN is easy to deploy. It is deployed over an Ethernet LAN, just like Wi-Fi. In fact, E-RAN can securely share the enterprise LAN via private VLAN. E-RAN’s power-efficient small cells work over POE+ and Cat5e. There is no need to pull cumbersome co-ax cables. The Self-Organizing Network (SON) software resident on SpiderCloud’s services node automatically configures the radio nodes, so technicians don’t have to.

High Capacity, Where You Need it

Every network has capacity hotspots. E-RAN offers massive capacity where you need it. A SpiderCloud system deployed in a large building can offer as many as 250 sectors of capacity, delighting customers and offloading the macro network.

Flexible Deployment

E-RAN has three deployment modes:
 

  • Driving DAS Headend – E-RAN, on a per sector basis can cost 30% of what a traditional Base Station will cost an operator or enterprise. That is real capex savings combined with opex saving driven by ability to use internet instead of expensive private networks to connect it to the operator’s core network. Multiple operators have already made the switch to E-RAN for their DAS middleprise customers.
  • Traditional Small Cell (as shown in diagram to the right) – E-RAN can be deployed like a Wi-Fi network throughout a commercial structure and use as Ethernet VLAN supplied by the enterprise for transport. When throughput per sq. ft. matters, E-RN shines. The same benefits of internet to connect to the operator core network apply here.
  • Centralized Services Node – E-RAN can be deployed to support a geographic area like a college campus or a downtown area where the services node is shared in a data center and the IP connected buildings only have radio nodes installed. This shares the capacity of the services node and internet backhaul across all of the attached buildings.

Radio Node Family

Radio nodes are small and low profile with a similar profile to Wi-Fi Access Points. E-RAN platform offers a wide range of radio nodes for many different applications and mobile operator configurations. All models are powered by PoE+ (802.11at) Ethernet switch ports.

Grow your Business with E-RAN

SpiderCloud helps mobile operators acquire and retain high-value enterprise subscribers, as well as win the loyalty of data-hungry smartphone users. Dependable coverage and massive in-building capacity makes it possible to offer new, cloud-based, enterprise applications, and future innovations.

Solution Selected by Leading Operators

SpiderCloud Wireless’s customers include three of the four major mobile operators in the United States along with two of the largest mobile operator groups globally. Corning’s Reseller Partners can be contacted [link to someplace]

Why Small Cell?

Why Small Cell?

SpiderCloud provides scalable and seamless cellular coverage and capacity for in-building networks and venues, all over your existing LAN. Combined with Corning® Optical Network Evolution (ONE™) Solutions, you now have access to a full-solution portfolio including fiber and power, software-defined LAN (SD LAN), small cell, and cellular DAS.

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