Season’s Greetings from SpiderCloud

December 21, 2015
sg2015In 2015, the enterprise business market and our vision of the “Mobile Enterprise” really started taking shape in front of us. For SpiderCloud, 2015 was a yet another breakthrough year. We saw customer commercialization accelerate with:
  • Verizon Wireless, announced in December 2014, is now deploying SpiderCloud in a number of their markets.
  • Cisco and SpiderCloud formed an OEM/Collaboration Partnership. Together, we developed a scalable 3G/LTE small cell module (USC 8718) that plugs into Cisco 3600/3700 Wi-Fi Access Points.
  • America Movil’s Mexican operating company, Telcel, announced the deployment of SpiderCloud for business, education, and government markets in Mexico.
Throughout the past year, the industry awarded us with many awards in recognition of both innovation and enterprise market success:

Looking forward, 2016 will continue trends we see now for scaling, virtualization, and the blurring of lines between enterprise and telecom.

TRENDS TO WATCH

  • Mobile Edge Computing – the European Telecommunications Standards Institute MEC initiative is creating an environment for software developers to create Apps and services that will run at the edge of the Telecom network in any hardware. This is a necessary evolution for our 5G future.
  • Unlicensed Spectrum – Mobile operators have an opportunity to supplement their licensed spectrum with unlicensed, without making any change to their core network infrastructure.
  • Enterprise Technology Acquisition – release of Cisco USC 8718 module for Wi-Fi and right-to-use agreements for spectrum begin to open markets for traditional enterprise systems integrators to sell cellular infrastructure to enterprise buyers.
Enjoy Your Holidays & Happy New Year!
– Art King, SpiderCloud Wireless, Director of Enterprise Services & TechnologiesTwitter: @EMobilityInside
Visit our Enterprise IT site @ http://SpiderCloud.com/EInsider


Our Very Own “Solsbury Hill”?

June 6, 2014

“Climbing up on Solsbury Hill, I could see the city light, Wind was blowing, time stood still. Eagle flew out of the night.”

Last weekend I enjoyed watching the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction of some great rock bands like Kiss, E-Street Band and one of my all-time favorites, Peter Gabriel. Interestingly enough, our (soon-to-be) 12 year-old son and daughter were mesmerized by the old folks on stage and the cool music. My son loves Kiss, and both of them have heard me work out to Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill” more than a few times.

Besides the spiritual meaning of the song, climbing any hill is an accomplishment for a person, a team or a company. This week, we have done exactly that. We climbed a major hill together, our very own “Solsbury Hill” you may say. On June 4, we announced findings from our LTE trials using our award-winning SCRN-310 dual-band 3G/LTE Radio Node. One year ago, on the same day (June 4, 2013), we announced our 3G KPI. The findings of the new LTE trials show performance reliability results consistent with similar 3G small cell test results released 12 months ago.

  • Average Call Setup Success Rate of 99.5%
  • Call Drop Rate 0.4%
  • Intra-E-RAN Hand-over Success Rate 99.9%

With our dual-band Radio Node, operators enable better access capacity for its enterprise subscribers, and therefore create an overall better user experience in the small cell network. Since each Radio Node has its own dedicated capacity for fast user access, the E-RAN system with dual-band Radio Nodes will need fewer Radio Nodes to connect more devices more often, as say compared to a shared antenna system.

We have already started to ship commercial orders of the multi-band 310 Radio Node to select customers. And, later this summer we’ll kick off trials of the dual-band LTE version.

Maybe we did not climb a hill, but a big mountain with this announcement?

Next week we’ll be at the Small Cell Summit & Small Cell Forum for four days of meetings in London. We’re looking forward to the June 11 award night. We’re honored by the industry and peer recognition bestowed upon SpiderCloud Wireless, HP, Intel and Vodafone. SpiderCloud is nominated for 3 awards:

  • “Small cell innovation leadership”: SpiderCloud & Intel. Intel’s Edge Cloud Processing with SpiderCloud’s E-RAN
  • “Small cell access point design and technology innovation”: SpiderCloud Wireless Enterprise Dual-Band 3G/LTE Radio Node
  • “Small cell network element design and technology innovation”: Vodafone, HP and SpiderCloud – Enabling Context Aware Applications for People and Internet of Things

Earlier this year, SpiderCloud and Vodafone UK won the “2014 Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award” for “Wireless Network Infrastructure Innovation” for Vodafone’s Sure Signal Premium, a reliable indoor mobile coverage and capacity service using SpiderCloud Wireless’ scalable small cell system connected to NEC’s security gateways in Vodafone’s network.

After London, SpiderCloud is off to Singapore for CommunicAsia and to Chicago for LightReading’s The Big Telecom Event to speak about Enterprise Small Cells.

In Chicago, SpiderCloud is nominated for 2 awards in LightReading 10th annual “Leading Lights” Awards taking place on June 17.

  • “Private Company of the Year” Awarded to the privately held firm that stands out from it competitors, innovates constantly, makes investors proud, and makes employees happy” SpiderCloud Wireless is one of eight companies nominated.
  • “Best New Product for Mobile” Awarded to the company that has developed a potentially market-leading product that, through engineering and technical excellence, enables the deployment of profitable next-generation mobile services. SpiderCloud’s award-winning dual-band Radio Node (SCRN-310) is one of eight products nominated.

After Chicago, we’re off to Amsterdam on June 23-24 for Informa’s LTE World Summit where we are also nominated for Telecoms.com’s “Most Innovative LTE Application/Service” award for our E-RAN Estimator Application.

This summer, find your own hill or mountain to climb. And, if you need a highly motivating song to help you, fire up Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill.”

A big thank you to our investors: Charles River Ventures, Matrix Partners, Opus Capital and Shasta Ventures.  Have a safe and sound summer.

Ronny Haraldsvik
SVP/CMO

Twitter: haraldsvik
spidercloud_inc


“I’m Only A Dolphin, Ma’am” (Barcelona: beware of Lamps and Meatballs)

February 10, 2014

If you’re old enough to remember, “Land shark” you will not be fooled by “lamps” and “meatballs” disguised as something else. As the ’75 SNL skit goes “Candygram, my foot! You get out of here before I call the police! You’re the shark, and you know it! (Shark) Wait.  I-I’m only a dolphin, ma’am. (Woman) A dolphin?”

It takes more than smoke and mirrors to get on the roadmaps of some of the largest mobile operators in the world. You may want to watch this brief video to see what we mean.

2013 was a proving year for SpiderCloud, coupled with an industry wave of support for enterprise small cells led by Gordon Mansfield and the Small Cell Forum. Going to Barcelona in just 2 weeks’ time, we’re proud of momentum and support from the Small Cell Forum, and it’s recognition of SpiderCloud with an award for ‘Transforming the Cellular Service Offering in Enterprises’ as well as Telecoms.com ‘Best LTE RAN product’ award for the industry’s first Dual-band UMTS/LTE small cell (or dual band LTE).  SpiderCloud has an almost full “dance card”. Much of the interest is driven by the company’s proven ability to scale small cell systems for deployments inside buildings for large financial companies and global brands, and our latest small cell. SpiderCloud’s Dual-band small cell is nominated for ‘Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough”, by GSMA, using Broadcom’s latest SoC coupled with our proprietary software.

Beyond coverage and capacity, SpiderCloud together with IBM, Intel, and NEC – will showcase SON and enabling cloud and application services. SpiderCloud’s Services Node (SCSN) provides a trusted connection to the Radio Nodes and a logical view into all devices on the E-RAN, to enable secure services to any mobile device on the network. The SCSN enables mobile operator managed cloud and application services, such as MDM, BYOD, location and context-aware, security, and IP-PBX services. The SCSN includes a 64-bit Intel Xeon processor services module that offers a virtualized environment for a wide range of applications.

Intel (Hall 3, D30) is showing the benefits of running virtual machines and applications on the SCSN, using a SpiderCloud UMTS Radio Node. Demonstrations include:

  • McAfee Virtualized Network Security Platform (NSP) to identify and prevent network security threats at the edge of the mobile network, before such threats can reach the core network, by blocking malicious packets sent by a mobile device. NSP protects a device from malicious packets sent by a server on the Internet.
  • Saguna Networks’ demonstration of the backhaul savings and user experience benefits of a centralized content cache on the SCSN as part of a scalable small cell system for large campus, venues and shopping malls.
  • Ineoquest Quality of Experience (QoE) demonstration of mobile video performance by using probes on the small cell network using the SCSN.

IBM will show location and detection virtual machine hosted on the SCSN showing handset-to-location video and advertising “push” services for use at venues and shopping malls. The demonstration includes SpiderCloud’s UMTS Radio Node.

SpiderCloud and Tango Networks demonstration shows how mobile operators can extend enterprise UC, PBX and mobile call recording services to their entire network, inside and outside the enterprise LAN using any mobile phone via Tango’s Virtualized Accelerator on the SCSN, based on policies configured on the virtual machine on the SCSN.

In Barcelona we will also discuss how a scalable small cell system can be put inside a business customer’s premise in 30 days or less with our “EASY-30” approach. Unlike costly and complex in-building antenna systems that require months of planning and Radio Frequency expert teams, building approval, optical cables and single-band system, SpiderCloud’s EASY model enables identification, verification and installation of scalable small cell systems for medium and large enterprise customers and venues in 30 days or less, from start to finish, using Ethernet, a pre-sales application, SON and mutual buy-in from mobile operator and the enterprise for a speedy process.

If you want to see or hear more, SpiderCloud has several presentations and panel participation at Mobile World Congress:

  • Monday, 24th February, 13:30 to 14:00: ‘Best practices for installations of E-RAN and examples of enterprise managed services’ at Small Cell Forum’s booth in Hall 7, F61
  • Tuesday, 25th February, 12:30 to 13:30: ‘2014: The year of small cells (finally)?’ Mobile World Live TV
  • Tuesday, 25th February, 11:00 to 11:30: ‘Best practices for installations of E-RAN and examples of enterprise managed services’ at Small Cell Forum’s booth in Hall 7, F61
  • Wednesday, 26th February, 14:00 to 15:30: ‘Complementing Coverage with Small Cells and Wi-Fi’ in Hall 4, Auditorium 4

To request a meeting with us, send an email to: mwc14@spidercloud.com or stop by our small but effective booth in Hall 2 East (H2S3), next to Ericsson. Beware of lamps and meatballs. :-)

See you in Barcelona!

Ronny Haraldsvik SVP/CMO
Twitter: haraldsvik


A Breakthrough Year!

December 23, 2013

2013 was the year industry momentum for small cells in the enterprise really kicked off. The year was clearly marked by operator deployments, Small Cell Forum’s significant focus on enterprise needs, and industry award recognition for SpiderCloud’s work on scalable small cell systems and LTE.

As we look back, 2013 is the year the industry agreed to solve Enterprise requirements for reliable coverage and capacity. After all, research conducted in the US, UK, Germany and Spain by YouGov, a market research firm, revealed that over 61% of IT decision makers from businesses in the US, with over 250 employees, said their business has had major issues with indoor coverage. In Germany this stood at 50%, in Spain it was 43% and in the UK it was 39%.

The industry’s focus on enterprise small cells led to 10 notable ‘events’

  1. Exact Ventures releases its report outlining the revenue opportunity for mobile operators – and cost savings potential for enterprises. Enterprise managed mobility services to exceed $100B by 2020.
  2. Cisco bought Ubiquisys and targets the “Pub market” (under 50 subs) with its most expensive and high-end large enterprise Wi-Fi Access points ($1500-1800) with a “strap-on” 3G or 4G module.
  3. Small Cell Forum awards Vodafone and SpiderCloud for innovation in scalable small cell system for medium to large enterprises. KPI data release unveiled performance reliability of the E-RAN system of 99.5 percent, making it suitable for most communications needs inside an enterprise.
  4. Qualcomm invests over $100m in Alcatel Lucent’s small cell business and ALU will use Qualcomm’s small cell SoC for all next generation small cells.
  5. Vodafone Netherlands announced it is using SpiderCloud’s system to address reliable coverage and capacity for medium to large enterprise customers.
  6. Ericsson enters the small cell market and announces a new and more sexy DAS system (that will come to market by Q4, 2014). Pac-Man (video) becomes cool again.
  7. SpiderCloud announces the industry’s first Dual-band 3G and LTE small cell (using Broadcom) as part of the Enterprise radio Access Network (E-RAN), a year after the first generation LTE small cell was announced (6 LTE trials).
  8. Small Cell Forum announced that 56 mobile operators have deployed small cells, of which 26 are using small cells targeted at the enterprise market. And, that by 2018, over 10 million small cells will be deployed.
  9. Intel buys Mindspeed’s small cell business.
  10. SpiderCloud’s Behrooz Parsay, SVP Engineering and Operations, was recognized as one of six small cell industry “movers and shakers” by Lightreading.com.

We appreciate the recognition. Six years of hard work from our engineers and field engineering teams led to several deals signed, and winning four industry awards (an additional five further short-listings) for our enterprise small cell innovations. Behrooz Parsay summarizes it nicely:  “For almost six years, we have worked hard to enable mobile operators with flexibility, ease of deployment and scalability, as well as reliability and performance for enterprise customers and in 2013, we showed the entire industry that we deliver on these requirements.”

As we look to next year, we believe 2014 will be the year mobile networks start to converge with Enterprise IT needs. 2014 will be the beginning of a seven-year enterprise transition from 80% Capex to 80% Opex spending on mobility, opening the door to a $100 billion mobile managed services opportunity for mobile operators.

Why? There is very clear demand on equipment vendors to reduce the cost of networks, both for mobile operators and their enterprise customers, using cloud and application services and virtualized network capabilities. This trend is having a dramatic impact on the network spend on hardware-only products and services in medium to large enterprise customers, opening the market for software-based applications and services, which reside on “white label” servers in third-party data center operations. The move towards more opex-oriented services will have a dramatic impact on established routing/switching “box” vendors.

Indeed, in 2014, we may see mobile-enabled devices surpassing laptops and desktop phones as the preferred method for enterprise communication. And, leading enterprise customers’ RFPs will start to demand vendors to offer multi-access Wi-Fi, 3G and LTE connectivity for reliable access and services.

Next year, leading mobile operators in the USA, Europe and Latin America will start to offer in-building coverage and capacity solutions, followed by managed mobile services.

We thank all of you for your support and continued encouragement. Next year will be an even bigger year for enterprise small cells.  Follow us on Twitter @SpiderCloud_Inc and meet us at many industry events. Our next big event is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 24-28, 2014. Request a meeting with executives by sending an email to: mwc14@spidercloud.com

We wish you all happy and safe Holiday celebrations, and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Ronny Haraldsvik SVP/CMO
Twitter: haraldsvik