Enabling Scalable Small Cells
The Services Node lies at the heart of SpiderCloud’s Enterprise RAN (E-RAN) solution, and ensures the E-RAN is easy to deploy, easy to manage and delivers the performance mobile operators expect.
It is typically deployed on-premises in medium-to-large enterprises and venues. Smaller enterprises can share a Services Node located in an operator’s data center, or on the premises of any one of the enterprises that are sharing a Services Node.
The Services Node offers a wide range of functionality, including:
- Plug-and-play provisioning of small cells on an Enterprise Ethernet LAN
- Self-configuration and self-optimization of UMTS and LTE radio parameters
- Small Cell aggregation and connection to the core network over IPSec, Iuh and S1
- Synchronization of small cells, without requiring every small cell to have a GPS
- Soft handovers between UMTS enterprise small cells
- Fast handovers between LTE enterprise small cells
- Managing handovers to and from the macro cellular network
- Interference management between small cells and with the macro cellular network
- Providing a single point of management
- Providing a single point of integration with the Enterprise intranet
- Providing an integrated platform for Mobile Edge Computing
- Backhaul routing capabilities, including 802.1p QoS and BGP
- Integrated IPSec security gateway
The Services Node is a powerful and security-hardened network processing appliance. It is access technology agnostic and supports UMTS, LTE and LTE-U/LAA, depending on the software running on it. In the case of UMTS, the Services Node plays the role of a Radio Network Controller (RNC) and connects to the UMTS Core Network either as an RNC or as a Home Node B. In the case of LTE deployments, the Services Node acts as a Cloud RAN controller, and connects to the LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) as a multi-sector eNB.