Enterprise RAN, So Easy a Caveman Can Do It

June 20, 2016

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We conclude our series with two major points:

  • As an industry, we must re-open the discussion on how indoor cellular is built by embracing the technologies that enterprises operate today.
  • Enterprises don’t want to acquire solutions that require construction of a parallel network. If we, as an industry, want to move to an enterprise funded model, winning solutions will cater to an enterprise-telecom network convergence.

To summarize our series on how we see indoor cellular being built, optimization can be achieved by leveraging every possible existing enterprise investment, with the high points as follows:

Physical Layer

  • Use the enterprise’s standards of Category 5e or better cable plant, patch panels and jumper cables to connect radios.

Telecommunications Room

  • Request from enterprise IT PoE+ VLAN on Ethernet switches.

Telecommunications Room Interconnection

  • By using an enterprise VLAN, nothing is required here.

Equipment Room

  • Use as little rackspace, power and HVAC resources as possible.


  • Shared IP backhaul may be a great method to manage ongoing Opex.

In conclusion, the benefits of small cells that integrate into the existing enterprise technology landscape include reduction in Capex and Opex and a faster time-to-service. They satisfy the voracious needs of today’s mobile employees in the enterprise while respecting the business imperatives of both enterprise IT and mobile operator communities.

– Art King, SpiderCloud Wireless, Director of Enterprise Services & Technologies

Twitter: @ArtKingg
Visit our Enterprise IT site @ http://SpiderCloud.com/EInsider

Other posts from the Enterprise Deployment Series:

  1. Enterprise Deployment – Setting the Stage
  2. Enterprise Deployment – Ethernet and the Physical Layer
  3. Enterprise Deployment – Telecommunications Room
  4. Enterprise Deployment – Telecommunications Room Interconnection
  5. Enterprise Deployment – Equipment Room
  6. Enterprise Deployment – Backhaul
  7. Enterprise Deployment – Summary

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