In preparation for the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago, which brought 10,000 people from 28 countries to Chicago last month, Rizzo Consulting was hired to deploy two DASs at the McCormick Place Convention Center, which spreads out across 2.6 million square feet of convention halls and more than 600,000 square feet of meeting room space. It was a project that required background checks and a high-stress, tight deadline for the integrator.
“They weren’t going to move the date of the NATO Summit for us, so time was of the essence,” Joseph Rizzo, company president, told DAS Bulletin. “The project began in January and was completed a week before the NATO Summit, held May 18-21.”
Adding to an existing TE Connectivity DAS, Rizzo Consulting deployed discrete systems for Sprint Nextel and AT&T, which significantly increased capacity. Only cellular frequencies were included. The AT&T system was designed by the carrier and installed by Rizzo, and the Sprint Nextel system was designed, installed and commissioned by Rizzo.
“The previous system was very small. We added fiber and added higher-capacity equipment and more of it. It is very robust now,” said Rizzo. “It’s a challenge having one system designed for us versus performing a turnkey deployment. One way usually works better than the other.”
Rizzo provided all construction, project management and RF engineering services. As part of the integration process, Rizzo performed on-site engineering, optimization and tuning of the DAS network.
NEC is partnering with SpiderCloud Wireless to provide the SmartCloud system to its existing and new customers as part of an end-to-end small-cell solution, the companies announced at the Small Cells World Summit 2012, held June 26-28, in London.
“With NEC we have an established player in the small cell/femto cell market that has already been deploying solutions from other vendors in this space and are engaged with 20 major operators worldwide,” Ronny Haraldsvik, SpiderCloud spokesman, told DAS Bulletin. “It gives us a tremendous amount of go-to-market strength with a proven partner in this space.”
SpiderCloud’s emphasis on medium to large size enterprise deployments, which demand hundreds of radio nodes serving thousands of users, complements NEC’s current smaller scale approach, deploying femtocells in the residential small office market.
The relationship will accelerate indoor deployments of SpiderCloud’s Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) small cells at medium to large enterprise customers of mobile operators.
“With NEC’s small-cell footprint covering more than 20 carriers worldwide, we can accelerate the deployment of E-RANs to help our customers serve their client bases with a premium mobile services platform that is free from the capacity, time-to-market and cost limitations of DAS,” said Anil Kohli, General Manager at NEC Europe, in a prepared release.
The relationship between NEC and SpiderCloud appears to have a research and development component, as the two companies said they will continue to innovate with an integrated 3G and Wi-Fi SmartCloud system moving toward what sounds like a more heterogeneous ecosystem.
The companies said the new system will provide carriers with a consistent management interface, automated RF planning, inter-small-cell mobility, quality of service, wireless intrusion detection and prevention, 802.1x based authentication and 802.11u. Additionally, NEC has plans to support LTE in future releases of the E-RAN system.
Also at the Small Cells World Summit 2012, NEC launched a plug-and-play indoor small-cell, FP1624 for offices with 16,404 square feet and several stories. NEC’s latest outdoor small cell, the FMA1630, provides mobile operators with a cost-effective way of increasing the network coverage and capacity in outdoor environments.
“NEC’s vision of the LTE roll out in future mobile networks is based on the assumption that services and applications will demand higher throughput in both uplink and downlink,” NEC said on its website. “The conventional macro solutions that would have been supported by a few infill micro layers now require a higher number of supporting picocells to provide the rapid growth in the traffic demand. For this reason NEC’s product portfolio, while offering a macro eNodeB solution of lowest possible footprint, is also optimized for small-cell deployment by offering a highly compact Omni eNodeB solution all in one.”