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February 27, 2012

SpiderCloud Wireless Teams up with Vodafone to Offer 3G Cellular Network for Enterprises
By Jyothi Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor

Mobile-broadband technology specialist SpiderCloud Wireless has teamed up with Vodafone (News - Alert) to introduce its much awaited small-cell wireless system in the United Kingdom.

SpiderCloud's innovative 3G network, which is currently live in a number of UK-headquartered enterprises, enables mobile operators to offer enhanced cellular coverage and additional network capacity inside buildings.

In addition, this technology promises to deliver "smart" applications via the cloud in the near future. This was trailed inside Vodafone Group's Research and Development division over two years. Vodafone also took keen interest to help the company in determining the commercial need for the solution, provided laboratory facilities and helped run both technical and field trials.

"As more businesses use mobile devices as the primary way for employees to communicate, and these devices consume more and more data, high-speed cellular coverage is business-critical—particularly inside busy office buildings," said Mike Gallagher, SpiderCloud's chief executive officer.

Gallagher said this product provides businesses with an affordable, easy-to-install solution that enables employees to make the most of their mobile devices where ever they may be.

SpiderCloud's small-cell system is built using the SpiderCloud Radio Node (SCRN), which is a small, wall or ceiling-mountable 3G base station and the SpiderCloud Services Node (SCSN). A wireless operator then installs radio nodes to provide coverage and capacity inside a building that connects to an on-premise SpiderCloud Services Node, which securely connects to the operator's core network.

In addition, the SpiderCloud's system offers enterprise users to access applications on company intranets from their mobile device when they are at work. And if the services node is integrated with an enterprise's IT infrastructure, users can locally switching 3G data from authorized mobile devices to an enterprise's LAN.

Luke Ibbetson, Head of R&D – Network Technology at Vodafone, said that this innovative solution is designed to enhance indoor coverage for firms that require greater 3G capacity in large office buildings in a simple and affordable way.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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