“Enter SpiderCloud Wireless, a Silicon Valley start-up that aims to help businesses improve connectivity in office buildings by decreasing the traffic burden on carriers,” Chiang reports. “SpiderCloud was founded in 2007 by Peter Wexler, a former vice president of engineering at Juniper Networks. SpiderCloud has raised $36 million from Opus Capital, Charles River Ventures and Matrix Partners.”
“SpiderCloud’s technology is a system of nodes and a controller that are placed in a building to mimic a cellular network on a small scale,” Chiang reports. “Wireless traffic that normally would be routed, sometimes for hundreds of miles, across the carrier’s macro network, is instead handled by SpiderCloud’s mini-network indoors.”
Chiang reports, “SpiderCloud’s technology isn’t available yet, however. The company is currently in tests with cellular carriers in Europe and hopes to start licensing its technology next year. It also plans to begin trials in the U.S. next year, with the earliest rollout possibly in 2011.”
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