Cellular One of East Central Illinois is deploying Cisco Universal Small Cells through the use of ClearSky Technology's Small Cell as a Service (SCaaS). Cellular One is a brand name that several smaller carriers operate under in the US. Clearsky provides a neutral host gateway that can be employed by individual mobile operators to address coverage, capacity and churn challenges and by properties such as hotels, apartment complexes and shopping malls that need indoor coverage from multiple operators.
According to Cisco, its ASR 5000 Small Cell Gateway and USC RAN Management System provide a service that can be tied to any operator, and support thousands of small cells for homes, hotels, convention centers, manufacturing plants, hospitals, and retailers. The Cisco USC 3000, 5000, 7000 and 8000 Series give ClearSky the flexibility to offer the right small cell for each environment, it added.
Cassy Carter, CEO of Cellular One
We recognize the beneficial role small cells play in improving customer satisfaction by filling coverage gaps and increasing capacity throughout our Illinois serving area. ClearSky's Small Cell as a Service offering improved our time to market and also allowed us to do so cost-effectively by providing a best-of-breed solution from Cisco and ClearSky, making it scalable and affordable. ClearSky also provides tools like NetView 360 that allow us to accurately determine the quantity, location and type of small cells we should deploy.
Scott Morrison, vice president of Cisco
Cisco is proud to work with two visionaries like Cellular One and ClearSky. It has been our position that small cells can be as easy to deploy as carrier-grade Wi-Fi. Through our collaboration with these two companies we've now validated this new and effective approach to small cell deployments. Cellular One is also starting to recognize a competitive advantage as employees of Cellular One's enterprise customers use their personal mobile phones from other carriers to roam onto the Cellular One network while at work. You can't argue with solid five-bar coverage indoors.