Partners NEC Europe and SpiderCloud Wireless--claiming mobile operators are increasingly focused on using small cells to deliver in-building coverage and capacity for medium to large enterprises--announced they are engaged in "numerous" market trials with leading carriers across four continents.
NEC and SpiderCloud offer a multi-access, multi-mode system with 3G, 4G and dual-band Wi-Fi for indoor mobile services within enterprises. They announced their marketing partnership nearly one year ago.
Over the past six months there has been a rapid increase in the need for small cell systems that can scale beyond seven to 10 access points, said Anil Kohli, CMO for NEC's global small cell business.
"The small cell market is maturing and starting to segment much like Wi-Fi did 10 years ago," said Russell Agle, SpiderCloud's director of business development. "The realization is setting in that individual small cells, or a mesh of small cells, made for residential or small business contexts simply cannot meet the in-building coverage, capacity and services needs of medium to large enterprises without requiring expensive and complex radio engineering."
SpiderCloud earlier this month released results from a survey conducted on its behalf by YouGov, which showed that the majority of IT decision makers surveyed are willing to change operators to solve the issue of poor in-building mobile coverage and capacity.
- see this joint release
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