Chipmaker Qualcomm and small cell systems provider SpiderCloud Wireless has partnered together to develop LTE-U, LTE-LAA, and MulteFire small cells systems for enterprises and public venues. Qualcomm’s small cell baseband chipsets in LTE-U, LAA and MulteFire technologies and SpiderCloud’s scalable small cell systems will be utilized for the purpose.
These small cell systems can seamlessly deliver LTE capacity over the unlicensed spectrum in large indoor environments, such as offices, university campuses, hospitals, hotels, etc.
“Operators worldwide are increasingly demanding LTE infrastructure solutions that make best use of both licensed and unlicensed spectrum bands. We are pleased to join forces with SpiderCloud in developing a roadmap of small cells expected to meet and exceed operator needs,” said Neville Meijers, Vice President, Business Development, Qualcomm Technologies, said.
“SpiderCloud shares Qualcomm Technologies’ vision that small cells will be crucial in addressing the 1000x mobile data challenge. Our relationship with Qualcomm Technologies allows us to offer mobile operators with easy-to-deploy and easy-to-integrate LTE small cells solutions,” said Mike Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer, SpiderCloud.
The systems are based on SpiderCloud’s Enterprise RAN (E-RAN) architecture that includes a Services Node controlling up to 100 self-organizing LTE small cells. They are capable of delivering coverage and capacity in indoor locations as large as 1.5 million square feet. The small cell systems are powered with Qualcomm Technologies’ latest LTE technology, including the FSM9900.
The FSM9900 is a 28nm small cell SoC that supports multimode operation (LTE, UMTS) and LTE-Advanced features, such as LTE carrier aggregation. It is also designed to reduce power consumption. SpiderCloud is also planning to use the FSM9900 across other products on its portfolio.
The US telecom service provider Verizon will trial SpiderCloud’s LTE-U system in the third quarter of 2016.