SpiderCloud aims to alleviate wireless carriers’ network capacity problems

Great Offers at MacWarehouse“Texting, talking and downloading data on smart phones has left wireless carriers struggling with network capacity issues and users dissatisfied with service,” Oliver J. Chiang reports for Forbes.

“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.”

Full article here.

9 Comments

  1. Bridging smartphone communications to home or office VOIP services such as Asterisk or (in the home MagicJack – – especially if they would allow AppleTV connectivity) via location awareness would probably help to alleviate voice traffic when in doors.

  2. “Texting, talking and downloading data on smart phones has left wireless carriers struggling with network capacity issues […]”

    …uhhh, “texting”? Seriously? How can that be causing them to “struggle”, particularly when we have to overpay a ridiculous amount for it?

    I’m sure the rest of this article is valid and serious, but they completely lost my interest by starting out that first sentence with such an idiotic example.

  3. Okay, because this will relieve the load on the carriers and thus help their business, businesses will not be expected to pay for this, right? In fact, such customers will be given a discount on their cell service, right?

    Or will be like that bullsh*t device from AT&T;, where you pay extra to route cell traffic onto your internet service, thus paying AT&T;for the opportunity to help them out?

    ——RM

  4. These ‘microcellular’ office systems have been around for years ad have never achieved any traction. There was actually an AMPS-based system way back in the analog cellular days. It was designed to provide voice coverage throughout office buildings & relieve capacity on the analog voice network..

    The problem w/ all these systems are that it’s actually cheaper for the carrier to put a base station in the office building & distribute antennas throughout. Then you don’t have all the cellular network management a micro-cellular system requires

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