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Mindspeed, SpiderCloud team on enterprise 3G

Posted: 13 Sep 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Small cell  3G  enterprise 

Mindspeed Technologies Inc. has teamed up to co-develop a customised base band processor with SpiderCloud Wireless that allows mobile operators to roll out scalable deployments of robust indoor 3G systems for medium to large enterprise customers worldwide.

The Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) system uses SpiderCloud's highly optimised software stack that includes its own physical layer software (PHY) implementation on Mindspeed's SoC. The PHY plays a critical role in solving the mobility and interference problems of radio nodes in enterprise networks, controlled and powered by SpiderCloud's software.

The self-organising E-RAN, which can be installed in just days by a mobile operator or its partners, delivers reliable 3G coverage and capacity for thousands of handsets using any existing Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN) for backhaul and enterprise services integration, with full mobility and cell-to-cell handoff and synchronisation with the operator's macro cellular network.

"3G small cells are being deployed in homes, small enterprises and outside in metropolitan areas, but until now, the industry has not been able to deliver a true 'enterprise-grade' system," said Raouf Y. Halim, chief executive officer at Mindspeed. "It took years of developments and innovative thinking by Mindspeed and SpiderCloud Wireless to enable such a system, and we're proud to take part in unlocking the enterprise opportunity for mobile operators."

This allows access to large corporate network to be controlled for mobile phones in the same way it is for computers and for operators to provide seamless voice and data coverage inside the building and out.

"Mindspeed's technology leadership and ability to provide custom features has helped us bring to market a unique and scalable 3G small cell platform for enterprise deployments by mobile operators," said Behrooz Parsay, senior vice president of engineering and operations with SpiderCloud Wireless. "Spidercloud has invested significant time and resources to commercialise a unique PHY, MAC and upper layers solution. We've worked closely with Mindspeed in developing our own PHY as part of this new enterprise small cell network, and the combination of this with Mindspeed's expertise has resulted in a truly market leading system."

"Small cells have quickly become a recognised part of carrier network plans for both metro area and residential services. Still, despite a good deal of focus, the challenges of the corporate environment have been tougher to meet," said Peter Jarich, Vice President, Consumer and Infrastructure at Current Analysis. "This co-operation, and the level of development that has gone into it, is further evidence of how complex the enterprise segment truly is. More generally, it is an indication of how the small cell market continues to innovate and the opportunities continue to grow."

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