Save the Planet: Use SpiderCloud E-RAN

December 7, 2015

savetheplanetAs part of the Paris COP21 Climate event, the 190 countries attending agree that SpiderCloud’s E-RAN is the most sustainable indoor cellular system.

Just kidding!

But, seriously, consider our small cell architecture benefits:

  • Annual Electricity carbon difference – Our partner NEC analyzed electricity use for powering technology and air conditioning required to dissipate the heat generated by a passive DAS infrastructure in a 350,000 sq foot building.

    This table converts their finding into *kgCO2e:

    DAS Carbon E-RAN Carbon
    Technology 33,916 kgCO2e 3,431 kgCO2e
    Air Conditioning 28,667 kgCO2e Not required


    That is a huge annual difference of 59,152 kgCO2e in Carbon Footprint just on electricity consumption. To put this into sharp perspective a similar Carbon Footprint is generated by 26,956 litres of petrol (for USA readers, that’s 7,121 gallons of gasoline). Let that sink in for a moment, please.

  • Installation – An E-RAN installation requires less investment of people resources and site visits to the building to be improved. This directly translates into less use of vehicles for round trip travel to/from the building. There are additional resource savings by using existing transport, and not building a parallel infrastructure throughout a building. Finally, with an E-RAN, the packing trash is very limited relative to the packing and surplus materials to be discarded with a DAS, eNodeB, and additional HVAC.
  • E-Waste – In the world of sustainability, what happens to technology at its end of life can have profound negative impacts when they are disposed. It’s well documented here. When an E-RAN leverages the enterprise’s physical LAN by way of a logical VLAN created to host it, there is literally no mobile operator E-Waste generated by the transport infrastructure. The mobile operator’s E-Waste lifecycle contribution by the E-RAN is limited to just SpiderCloud’s technology because the Enterprise already has the E-Waste lifecycle for transport.
  • Extended life – the E-RAN can have a far longer lifetime than legacy systems due to software upgradability of platform. The Services Node is software upgradeable for features and the Radio Nodes can be software upgraded when re-farming spectrum from UMTS to LTE and adding Carrier Aggregation. Compared to the alternatives, that’s a huge win.
  • Adding capacity – as we discussed in this post, because of the massive RF air link and Ethernet fronthaul capacity, there are no fuel consuming truck rolls necessary to add capacity to an E-RAN. Because a 1Gb Ethernet physical port with a 100Mb or greater logical rate is typically used to provision a system, when the time comes to add bandwidth, the OSS of circuit provider is used to add capacity.

Because we leverage synergy with Enterprise technology in our own way; along with SON software and many little features that future-proof the mobile operator’s investment, the SpiderCloud E-RAN is a very green technology.

If you would like the supporting analytical numbers from NEC, see their presentation from Small Cells Americas, November 2013.

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

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*Calculator used with “kWh electricity (main source)” and “litres of petrol” operations.

Small Cell Suspense and “Edge of Innovation” at #MWC15

March 2, 2015

At Mobile World Congress (#MWC15), Cisco today announced commercial availability of its new Universal Small Cell (USC) 8000 Series designed for large enterprises and venues. This solution is the result of collaboration between Cisco and SpiderCloud Wireless, and will be offered to Cisco’s enterprise customers and channel partners. The global agreement includes Cisco reselling SpiderCloud’s entire small cell portfolio under the USC 8000 Series brand.  In addition, SpiderCloud will develop custom small cell technology for Cisco to include 3G and 4G radio modules into the Aironet 3600/3700 Wi-Fi access points.

This is indeed big news! Scott Morrison, VP/GM for Cisco’s Small Cell Technology Group summarized it nicely:

“Partnering with SpiderCloud, Cisco now has an unsurpassed and complete end-to-end small cell and Wi-Fi solution for mobile operators and their enterprise customers. Working with Vodafone enables us to give enterprise customers a complete, high-quality mobile experience in every building, helping them transform the role of mobility in their business.”

So, look out Ericsson and Huawei, as products in the new small cell portfolio are available immediately, including Cisco’s USC 8088 Controller which provides real-time coordination and distributed SON capability for up to 100-sector LTE/3G radios, enough to effectively cover the largest of enterprise customers and buildings.  Vodafone is the first service provider to have its enterprise customers benefit from the global agreement.

“Working with Cisco and SpiderCloud, we will be able to offer our enterprise customers a highly flexible small cell system that can be deployed rapidly and cost-effectively to enhance the quality of the mobile and Wi-Fi coverage our customers rely on to run their businesses.”
–  Matt Beal, Director of Innovation and Architecture, Vodafone Group.

As our CEO (Mike Gallagher) puts it, this is a “market changer! “Our partnership with Cisco will speed up small cell deployments to benefit large enterprise customers worldwide.”

The beneficiaries of this global agreement are mobile operators who are serious about providing mobile in-building coverage, capacity and managed services to enterprise customers and venue owners. With Cisco’s existing enterprise customers and channel partners, mobile operators now have access to a complete end-to-end small cell and Wi-Fi solution, and access to a new enterprise customer base.

At #MWC15, we are showcasing how enterprise customers benefit from a scalable small cell system.

  • Improved Performance for Coverage and Capacity
    – Carrier Aggregation: New Dual-band radio nodes, designed to offer simultaneous 3G/LTE service or dual-carrier LTE service, are software upgradeable to support Carrier Aggregation with peak rates up to 300 Mbps.
  • Pre and Post Installation Capabilities
    – Radio Nodes with Integrated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon, improve an already easy installation process, improve inventory management, and ease post-installation system maintenance, driving down the carrier’s total cost of ownership for large, scalable indoor small cell deployments. Radio Nodes with integrated Bluetooth beacons works in conjunction with SpiderCloud’s award-winning E-RAN iOS and Android app.
  • New Managed Services Opportunities
    – Virtualized functions and hosted services on the Services Node. SpiderCloud will demonstrate enterprise-specific content filtering and group/individual policy examples with Intel Security. These policies make it possible for enterprise IT to deploy a high-capacity LTE system without compromising its acceptable use policies.
    – New Radio Node with Low Energy Bluetooth beacons opens the door for localization and context services within large enterprise offices, malls and venues.
  • Multi-Operator Support
    – New dual-band LTE Radio Nodes can be shared by two operators via a software upgrade. Dual-band LTE radios support 5, 10, 15 and 20 MHz channels, with peak rates of 150 Mbps per band, and VoLTE. Operators will have option to share their dual-band SpiderCloud LTE system with partner operators (multi-operator RAN), while maintaining strict separation of traffic and services, through a software upgrade.

See and read more about fast innovations and small cell installations on our newly refreshed web site

Today, SpiderCloud’s partner NEC also announced that Avea in Turkey is rolling out a scalable small cell system with solutions from NEC and Spidercloud. And most recently, SpiderCloud with Emtel, announced that Warid Telecom in Pakistan is bringing 4G to its customers.

With our partners, we will continue to innovate and bring scalable small cell systems, with access to cloud-enabled services, to our customers. We are indeed at the “Edge of Innovation” – this year’s theme at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Ronny Haraldsvik
SpiderCloud Wireless
Twitter: @haraldsvik