Small Cell Service Nodes

Enabling Scalable Small Cells

Small Cell Service Node

Small Cell Service Node

The Small Cell Service Node lies at the heart of SpiderCloud’s Enterprise RAN (E-RAN) wireless solution and ensures the E-RAN is easy to deploy, easy to manage and delivers the performance mobile operators expect.

Small Cell Service Nodes are typically deployed on-premises in medium-to-large enterprises and venues. Smaller enterprises can share a Services Node located in an operator’s data center, or on the premises of any one of the enterprises that are sharing a Services Node.

The Service Node offers a wide range of functionality, including:

  • Plug-and-play provisioning of small cells on an Enterprise Ethernet LAN
  • Self-configuration and self-optimization of UMTS and LTE radio parameters
  • Small Cell aggregation and connection to the core network over IPSec, Iuh and S1
  • Synchronization of small cells, without requiring every small cell to have a GPS
  • Soft handovers between UMTS enterprise small cells
  • Fast handovers between LTE enterprise small cells
  • Managing handovers to and from the macro cellular network
  • Interference management between small cells and with the macro cellular network
  • Providing a single point of management
  • Providing a single point of integration with the Enterprise intranet
  • Providing an integrated platform for Mobile Edge Computing
  • Backhaul routing capabilities, including 802.1p QoS and BGP
  • Integrated IPSec security gateway

The Service Node is a powerful and security-hardened network processing appliance. It is access technology agnostic and supports UMTS, LTE and LTE-U/LAA, depending on the software running on it.

In UMTS deployments, the Service Node plays the role of a Radio Network Controller (RNC) and connects to the public UMTS Core Network either as an RNC or as a Home Node B.

In LTE deployments, the Service Node acts as a Cloud RAN controller, and connects to the public LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) as a multi-sector eNB.

In FirstNet deployments, the Service Node acts as a Cloud RAN controller and manages all pre-emption activities for attached First Responder devices and connects to both the public and FirstNet LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) as a multi-sector eNB  

In CBRS deployments, the Services Node acts as a Cloud RAN controller and connects to a public and/or private LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) as a multi-sector eNB. It operates a proxy Citizens Broadband Service Device (CBSD) process that requests spectrum for all its attached radios from the cloud-based Spectrum Access System (SAS).   

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