The reasoning behind Corning’s purchase of SpiderCloud Wireless, which was announced in late July, echoes a trend throughout the wireless industry as it tries to solve the puzzle of providing wireless in the enterprise space.
“The solution needs to be cost effective, enable for multiple operators, create opportunities for new business models for cost sharing and you gotta have a signal source,” said Mike Collado, director, applications marketing – wireless. He believes that is just what will result from the combination of Corning One and SpiderCloud Wireless.
Corning began working with SpiderCloud a couple of years ago looking to evolve in-building wireless beyond the choice of either a multi-operator DAS or single-carrier small cells.
“We saw networks evolving toward a combination end-to-end solution of a centralized base band with flexible distribution to the edge,” Bill Cune, vice president, commercial technology wireless, said.
The purchase of SpiderCloud is the latest step in the in-building wireless space for Corning, which got its start in DAS by purchasing MobileAccess, a hybrid fiber/coax DAS OEM, in 2011. Two years later, Corning Optical Network Evolution (ONE) wireless platform was developed, which pushed fiber-optics out to the antenna and enabled convergence of DAS with WiFi and small cell backhaul.
Formed in Palo Alto, California in 2008, SpiderCloud Wireless provided self-organizing (SON) small cell networks for enterprises and it was an approved radio access network (RAN) vendor for several carriers, but it was single-operator system.
“SpiderCloud brings to Corning its expertise in LTE baseband and small cell, and Corning brings its capabilities in multi-operator active at the antenna networking to the table,” Cune said.
Along with all the wireless carriers, the Corning ONE infrastructure can converge building automation, security and Wi-Fi, among other networks.
Corning brings its extensive experience and channels developed while selling optical fiber and DAS to enterprises. “Most of SpiderCloud’s selling activities have targeted the carriers,” Cune said. “The top three verticals for Corning ONE are commercial real estate, hospitality and sports entertainment/large venue. Close behind is the healthcare market.”
To maximize the benefits of Corning’s market access, SpiderCloud will be integrated into the Corning Optical Communications business.