Many enterprise IT departments can provide resources that will enable small cell economics to be more favorable to both the mobile operator and the enterprise. The sharing of select enterprise resources can result in the quid pro quo of lower ongoing costs, enabling small cell based coverage and capacity delivered inside targeted office buildings.
This blog series assumes some familiarity with IP Network technology, and is targeted at product managers and enterprise consumers to shed some light on the opportunities. They intend to cover the issues that are relevant to both the enterprise and mobile operator. As an enterprise IT guy, I will go a little deeper on the set of tradeoffs operationally and financially that each enterprise must evaluate in the context of their environment and policies.
- Operations and Service Level Agreements
- Rack space, power, and physical access
- Embedded cable plant inside the building
- Ethernet Network
- Internet connection
- Financial Models
We’ll conclude this first entry in the series with a basic introduction to SpiderCloud Wireless’ technology. The context below is not all the details, but is a brief introduction to the architecture, and it’s fit with enterprise technology and the mobile operator core.
- The Radio Nodes deliver one or more radio planes of 3G, LTE, and Wi-Fi into a coverage area similar to a standard Wi-Fi only AP. It is a secured Ethernet attached device that connects via Cat5e or Cat 6 cabling and leverages Power over Ethernet (PoE/PoE+) provided by an Ethernet switch or inline injector.
- The Services Node is the brain behind the cloud of Radio Nodes installed in the building. It is also a secured Ethernet attached device that coordinates all the Radio Node in-building activity and sends any communications to the mobile core over a single connection.
- luh Gateway is the termination point at the edge of the mobile operator’s core network, and SpiderCloud’s Service Node is interoperable with many vendors luh implementations.
- Communications between SpiderCloud’s Radio Nodes, Service Node and the luh gateway are all based on standard IP using tamper proof technologies and IPSec to protect the security and privacy of the mobile operator’s customers.
Stay tuned for the rest of the series!
As a former Enterprise Infrastructure Architect (Mobility/Collaboration at Nike, Inc.), the opportunities for mobile operators to help address enterprise BYOD and mobility challenges for enterprise IT departments are there. Opportunities to cultivate value-added services beyond coverage and capacity in the Enterprise space are built upon strong customer relationships and a proven technical foundation. Positive mindshare and perceptions in the eyes of the enterprise buyers will create invitations to future opportunities.
A new and more important role is emerging for mobile operators where enterprise mobility and value-added IP services is part of the ‘package.’ Mobile is the heartbeat of any organization, and wireless is the digital oxygen that our devices breathe at home and on the road.
Art King, SpiderCloud Wireless, Director of Enterprise Services & Technologies