Latest Industry Awards Recognize Ruckus for Superior Innovation and Leadership in Burgeoning Global Market for Carrier Wi-Fi
SUNNYVALE, CA – June 18, 2012 – Ruckus Wireless™(Ruckus) today announced that it has received two prestigious industry awards, demonstrating the power and value of the company’s technology innovations in the global carrier Wi-Fi landscape.
This week, the Ruckus SmartCell™ Gateway 200 was named “Best of Show” at Interop Tokyo. And at an awards gala in London, Global Telecoms Business recognized Ruckus and Tikona Digital Networks for building and powering the world’s largest outdoor wireless mesh network in India, naming the companies the winner of its 2012 Broadband Wireless Access Innovation award.
The awards underscore the rapid evolution and changing dynamics of the Wi-Fi market. As a flood of smart devices come online, operators around the world are looking to inject more capacity into their networks.
According to market researchers, even with a four-fold increase in spectral efficiency, gained from new technologies such as LTE, coupled with the use of additional unused spectrum and increased cell site density, operators will still lack the network capacity to deal with the explosion of mobile data traffic which is projected to experience a 26x increase over the next four years.
“The realization that operators need to augment their mobile networks with carrier-class Wi-Fi as one way to address the capacity crunch they are experiencing is no longer a topic of discussion – it’s become a strategic imperative,” said Rob Mustarde, vice president of marketing for Ruckus Wireless.
“This is new ground for carriers with no clear incumbent Wi-Fi supplier. The burgeoning carrier market requires a new class of Wi-Fi built for capacity and reliability. Ruckus has innovated in these exact areas and is honored to be recognized for this work.”
SmartCell Gateway: Added Capacity, Coverage and Scalability at the Edge
The Ruckus SmartCell Gateway is the first heterogeneous small cell wireless edge system that lets operators easily inject wireless capacity, increase coverage and enable new edge services while relieving radio access, backhaul and core infrastructure bottlenecks created by the deluge of data traffic hitting their networks. Situated at the edge of operators’ mobile networks, the SmartCell Gateway 200 represents the first in a new category of scalable and versatile edge service platforms that eliminate the difficulties operators are experiencing with building and managing large-scale small cell networks and integrating them into their mobile core.
Tikona Digital Networks Redefines Wireless Broadband Access
In India, Tikona Digital Networks has achieved what was previously considered impossible: they have built the world’s largest, self-organizing outdoor Wi-Fi mesh network comprised of over 40,000 Ruckus ZoneFlex™ access points. Tikona’s Smart Wi-Fi network is being used to offer tiered broadband services over Wi-Fi to hundreds of thousands of subscribers across more than 30 cities in India.