Welcome!

Web 2.0 Authors: Bernard Golden, Roger Strukhoff, Lori MacVittie, Carmen Gonzalez, Trevor Parsons

Blog Feed Post

Poor In-building Coverage Leaves Valuable Licensed Spectrum Under-utilized

Signals Research Group Finds Outdoor Macro RAN Unable to Provide Coverage and Capacity Requirements of Businesses and Public buildings

San Jose, California, February 25, 2013 SpiderCloud Wireless, Inc., a leading provider of scalable small cell Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) systems to mobile operators, today announced the results of a research study by Signals Research Group into the utilization of licensed spectrum in range of in-building environments, including college and enterprise campuses, high-rise buildings, shopping malls, hotels and airports. The research found that as much as 88% of an operator's licensed spectrum was underutilized in enterprise campus buildings, while on upper floors of high rise buildings a mobile device could handover as many as 51 times, due to the constantly fluctuating signal strength between all the visible cell sites.

The results of the study reveal the limitations of serving in-building coverage primarily by an outdoor macro network and that coverage inside does not equate to sufficient capacity for an ever-growing demand for always-on broadband. With approximately 80 percent of all mobile voice and data traffic occurring indoors, the in-building mobile data user consumes a disproportionate amount of network resources, requiring the outdoor macro network to assign more resources relative to the outdoor mobile device for a given end-user data rate.

"When operators attempt to use the outdoor macro network to provide in-building coverage and targeted capacity to a relatively small geographic area, this research shows that they are falling short. Their spectrum, which is their most valuable asset and in which they've invested billions of dollars, is not only being under-utilized, in some indoor scenarios isn't being used at all," said Michael Thelander, CEO, Signals Research Group. "However, while there are indoor coverage and capacity alternatives that give the user a range of ways to obtain connectivity, the outdoor user has no other means. It is the RAN or nothing. So, by shifting the in-building mobile voice and data traffic on to an in-building solution, not only is in-building coverage and capacity improved but there is also a direct impact on the capacity of the outdoor macro network."

The construction materials used in a building were also found to have a direct impact on indoor coverage. Signals Research Group found that an unintended consequence of material designed to be more energy efficient was that it was also very effective at blocking RF signals from the outside. The material is designed to keep sunlight out and control air temperature by absorbing large amounts of radiated signals. However, the RF signals from the outdoor macro RAN were also adversely affected.

A range of in-building scenarios were tested by Signals Research Group, including college and enterprise campuses, high-rise buildings, shopping malls, hotels and airports. Highlights of the research results include:

  • Enterprise campus: The utilization of spectrum can vary immensely between buildings on a single campus site. While in some buildings 100% of available spectrum was used, SRG found that in other buildings the utilization rate was as low as just 12%. The combination of lack of an in-building solution and the construction materials used in the building all affected the indoor coverage and capacity - and this is despite the fact that one of the buildings housed over 500 employees and was the global HQ for a universally recognized brand.

  • University campus: In performance tests conducted on a university campus, on average just 30% of the spectrum was utilized indoors. On some floors of the buildings that were tested there was extremely poor or non-existent coverage, while in other buildings it was nearly 100%. Capacity requirements compounded the issue due to the propensity of students with smartphones to consume large amounts of data in a concentrated indoor environment.

  • High-rise building: Sometimes a building can also have too much coverage. High-rise buildings in particular can be exposed to a large number of visible cell sites, causing high interference level. Signals Research Group found that just walking around one floor of a high-rise building could require a mobile device to handover as many as 51 times, due to the constantly fluctuating signal strength between all the cells. This has a direct impact on the performance of the device, significantly impacting battery life. Furthermore, because the device is effectively always operating at the end of a constantly changing cell, throughput is affected in a way that is akin to the cell suffering from limited capacity. Users in a downtown high-rise environment therefore share network resources not only with outdoor users, but also with users in adjacent buildings.

  • Hotels: While larger hotels sometimes have in-building solutions, the experience between hotels was marked. A San Francisco hotel had a spectrum utilization of just 38%, in contrast to a Dallas hotel, which hit 61% spectrum utilization.

Signals Research Group points out that Wi-Fi is not always an adequate alternative to in-building cellular coverage and capacity in the hospitality sector as an acceptable alternative for cellular voice. Voice over Wi-Fi mobility and throughput falls well below the threshold that signifies a good mobile data experience as soon as many users are congregated together and connected to the Wi-Fi service.

"This research proves what people's personal experience of having poor indoor coverage at work or network congestion at the shopping mall is already telling them - the user experience of in-building coverage and capacity is at best mixed and at worst practically non-existent," said Ronny Haraldsvik, CMO, SpiderCloud Wireless. "Not only that, but recent end-user research uncovered that over one third of senior IT managers would be likely to move to a wireless carrier that could guarantee better indoor mobile coverage and capacity. This makes for a coverage and capacity double-whammy. Not only is valuable spectrum being left underutilized, but it is also directly impacting the end-user experience and creating opportunities for subscriber churn."

Scalable Small Cell Systems for Enterprise Deployments by Mobile Operators
SpiderCloud is the first company to offer a true multi-mode access system with 3G, LTE/4G and dual-band Wi-Fi for reliable mobile services indoors for enterprise customers of any size, called an Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN). The E-RAN system consists of a Services Node (SCSN) that can control over 100 self-organizing and multi-access 3G, Wi-Fi and LTE/4G small cells that can be installed in just days using an enterprise-Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN) as managed service by a mobile operator's network. In addition to providing reliable coverage and capacity, the E-RAN with the Services Node includes an Applications Programming Interfaces (API). The API inside the Services Node provides trusted connections 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 third-party performance analysis was conducted by Signals Research Group on behalf of SpiderCloud Wireless. The report is available by request from SpiderCloud Wireless.

About Signals Research Group
Signals Research Group (SRG) offers thought-leading field research and consulting services covering the wireless telecommunications industry. It is also the publisher of the Signals Ahead research product. The "no holds barred" approach to conducting research and analysis means that SRG's first and foremost objective is to offer differentiated research products and services. Instead of just capturing market data and analyzing past events, SRG focuses on where the industry will be tomorrow and the technologies and service offerings that will shape its future and not those that defined its past (www.signalsresearch.com).

About SpiderCloud Wireless
SpiderCloud Wireless develops breakthrough, small-cell network platforms that allow mobile operators to deliver unprecedented cellular coverage, capacity and smart applications to enterprises. Wall Street Journal ranked SpiderCloud #5 in its "Top 50 Start-Ups" in the "The Next Big Thing" report. SpiderCloud Wireless is based in San Jose, California and is backed by investors Charles River Ventures, Matrix Partners, Opus Capital and Shasta Ventures. SpiderCloud Wireless is a registered trademark and SmartCloud a trademark of SpiderCloud Wireless, Inc. © 2013 SpiderCloud Wireless, Inc. For more information visit www.spidercloud.com and follow the company on Twitter http://twitter.com/spidercloud_inc

Media Contacts
AxiCom PR
Gemma Greene
+44 208 392 4079
[email protected]

Ronny Haraldsvik
SpiderCloud Wireless
[email protected]
+1 831 224 5043

Michael W. Thelander
Founder and CEO
Signals Research Group
+1.415.613.0704

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By RealWire News Distribution

RealWire is a global news release distribution service specialising in the online media. The RealWire approach focuses on delivering relevant content to the receivers of our client's news releases. As we know that it is only through delivering relevance, that influence can ever be achieved.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems at Red Hat, will describe how to revoluti...
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, will discuss how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money! Speaker Bio: Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, has spent 16 years as a marketing, product management, and busin...
Samsung VP Jacopo Lenzi, who headed the company's recent SmartThings acquisition under the auspices of Samsung's Open Innovaction Center (OIC), answered a few questions we had about the deal. This interview was in conjunction with our interview with SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson. IoT Journal: SmartThings was developed in an open, standards-agnostic platform, and will now be part of Samsung's Open Innovation Center. Can you elaborate on your commitment to keep the platform open? Jacopo Lenzi: Samsung recognizes that true, accelerated innovation cannot be driven from one source, but requires a...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, will exhibit at Internet of @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, a...
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Robin Raymond, Chief Architect at Hookflash Inc., will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone a...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Matrix.org has been named “Silver Sponsor” of Internet of @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Matrix is an ambitious new open standard for open, distributed, real-time communication over IP. It defines a new approach for interoperable Instant Messaging and VoIP based on pragmatic HTTP APIs and WebRTC, and provides open source reference implementations to showcase and bootstrap the new standard. Our focus is on simplicity, security, and supporting the fullest feature set.
BSQUARE is a global leader of embedded software solutions. We enable smart connected systems at the device level and beyond that millions use every day and provide actionable data solutions for the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market. We empower our world-class customers with our products, services and solutions to achieve innovation and success. For more information, visit www.bsquare.com.
How do APIs and IoT relate? The answer is not as simple as merely adding an API on top of a dumb device, but rather about understanding the architectural patterns for implementing an IoT fabric. There are typically two or three trends: Exposing the device to a management framework Exposing that management framework to a business centric logic • Exposing that business layer and data to end users. This last trend is the IoT stack, which involves a new shift in the separation of what stuff happens, where data lives and where the interface lies. For instance, it’s a mix of architectural style...
From a software development perspective IoT is about programming "things," about connecting them with each other or integrating them with existing applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Yakov Fain, co-founder of Farata Systems and SuranceBay, will show you how small IoT-enabled devices from multiple manufacturers can be integrated into the workflow of an enterprise application. This is a practical demo of building a framework and components in HTML/Java/Mobile technologies to serve as a platform that can integrate new devices as they become available on the market.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SOA Software, an API management leader, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SOA Software is a leading provider of API Management and SOA Governance products that equip business to deliver APIs and SOA together to drive their company to meet its business strategy quickly and effectively. SOA Software’s technology helps businesses to accelerate their digital channels with APIs, drive partner adoption, monetize their assets, and achieve a...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Utimaco will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Utimaco is a leading manufacturer of hardware based security solutions that provide the root of trust to keep cryptographic keys safe, secure critical digital infrastructures and protect high value data assets. Only Utimaco delivers a general-purpose hardware security module (HSM) as a customizable platform to easily integrate into existing software solutions, embed business logic and build s...
Connected devices are changing the way we go about our everyday life, from wearables to driverless cars, to smart grids and entire industries revolutionizing business opportunities through smart objects, capable of two-way communication. But what happens when objects are given an IP-address, and we rely on that connection, sometimes with our lives? How do we secure those vast data infrastructures and safe-keep the privacy of sensitive information? This session will outline how each and every connected device can uphold a core root of trust via a unique cryptographic signature – a “bir...
Internet of @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley announced on Thursday its first 12 all-star speakers and sessions for its upcoming event, which will take place November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California. @ThingsExpo, the first and largest IoT event in the world, debuted at the Javits Center in New York City in June 10-12, 2014 with over 6,000 delegates attending the conference. Among the first 12 announced world class speakers, IBM will present two highly popular IoT sessions, which will take place November 4-6, 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif...
Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity.
WebRTC defines no default signaling protocol, causing fragmentation between WebRTC silos. SIP and XMPP provide possibilities, but come with considerable complexity and are not designed for use in a web environment. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Matthew Hodgson, technical co-founder of the Matrix.org, will discuss how Matrix is a new non-profit Open Source Project that defines both a new HTTP-based standard for VoIP & IM signaling and provides reference implementations.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE), a global leader in embedded systems, today added 96 new products to the Spansion® FM4 Family of flexible microcontrollers (MCUs). Based on the ARM® Cortex®-M4F core, the new MCUs boast a 200 MHz operating frequency and support a diverse set of on-chip peripherals for enhanced human machine interfaces (HMIs) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. The rich set of periphera...

SYS-CON Events announced today that Aria Systems, the recurring revenue expert, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Aria Systems helps leading businesses connect their customers with the products and services they love. Industry leaders like Pitney Bowes, Experian, AAA NCNU, VMware, HootSuite and many others choose Aria to power their recurring revenue business and deliver exceptional experiences to their customers.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to require a new way of thinking and of developing software for speed, security and innovation. This requires IT leaders to balance business as usual while anticipating for the next market and technology trends. Cloud provides the right IT asset portfolio to help today’s IT leaders manage the old and prepare for the new. Today the cloud conversation is evolving from private and public to hybrid. This session will provide use cases and insights to reinforce the value of the network in helping organizations to maximize their company’s cloud experience.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is making everything it touches smarter – smart devices, smart cars and smart cities. And lucky us, we’re just beginning to reap the benefits as we work toward a networked society. However, this technology-driven innovation is impacting more than just individuals. The IoT has an environmental impact as well, which brings us to the theme of this month’s #IoTuesday Twitter chat. The ability to remove inefficiencies through connected objects is driving change throughout every sector, including waste management. BigBelly Solar, located just outside of Boston, is trans...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Matrix.org has been named “Silver Sponsor” of Internet of @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Matrix is an ambitious new open standard for open, distributed, real-time communication over IP. It defines a new approach for interoperable Instant Messaging and VoIP based on pragmatic HTTP APIs and WebRTC, and provides open source reference implementations to showcase and bootstrap the new standard. Our focus is on simplicity, security, and supporting the fullest feature set.