NEC of Japan are a very large multi-national business offering a wide range of electronic products and services. Founded in 1899 as the Nippon Electric Company, and renamed NEC Corporation in 1983, the company has a turnover of around USD $5 Billion and employs some 140,000 staff directly and through subsiduaries.
Their femtocell division is based in Pune, India and operates as an end-to-end system integrator, combining and pre-testing several vendor's products into a complete offering. They primarily use Ubiquisys (now Cisco) femtocell and Kineto Wireless small cell gateway but also directly support SpiderCloud 3G/LTE enterprise RAN. They have been involved in many lab and field trials, with several following through to commercial deployment.
NEC has been involved with femtocells and small cells from their inception, forming partnerships with many other eco-system players. They acquired technology from Kineto Wireless and developed their own Small Cell gateway, which supports both 3G and LTE. They ran many operator trials and gained enormous experience of field issues and how to resolve them
First commercial network launch using NEC eco-system was SFR France in December 2009. This used the Kineto Wireless Femtocell Gateway and Ubiquisys (now Cisco) Zonegate femtocell.
NEC also announced adoption of the Ubiquisys G3 femtocell (based on Percello PRC6500 chip), which they rebranded the FP810. This reduced size box (8 centimetres long) could handle 8 concurrent calls, HSPA data yet consumes less than 5W of power
Introduced SpiderCloud E-RAN in June 2012 specifically for large enterprise businesses. The system interworks with their existing small cell gateway and complements their existing offerings in residential, small to medium enterprise and public access markets.
This was extended to handle both 3G and LTE, involving development work on their gateway. NEC continue to operate as system integrators and solution providers for SpiderCloud and promote the solution in many countries worldwide.