The Proven Recipe for Carrier-Class Wi-Fi Deployments
The tremendous acceleration in mobile data traffic has been well documented over the years and continues in all geographies. Most of the traffic is coming from highly concentrated areas where large numbers of people congregate. There are several techniques that can be used to address the densification challenge including Wi-Fi APs, 3G/LTE small cells, more macro cells, and additional RF carriers. Each of these options will be part of the mobile operator’s toolkit.
Wi-Fi is an especially strong solution for very high-density public venues, because it offers a tremendous amount of capacity, is supported on all data-centric devices, and it supports efficient neutral host deployments. Another compelling feature of Wi-Fi technology is that it can be deployed by a wide variety of service providers including MNOs, MSOs, and wireline providers. When this is combined with Hotspot 2.0 technology, it enables a level of densification that goes far beyond what any one MNO could accomplish.
The advantages of Wi-Fi are compelling, but service providers must have a carrier-class solution that is agile, flexible, and extensible.
The SmartCell™ architecture provides just such a solution, and it includes access points, WLAN controllers, WLAN gateways, and value added services. With this architecture, all of the capabilities are now in place for Wi-Fi to take its place alongside 3G and LTE as one of the cornerstone RF technologies in the mobile Internet. In time, Wi-Fi will so weave itself into the fabric of the mobile experience that users won’t even be aware of what radio technology they are using.
Essential capabilities of the Ruckus SmartCell architecture include:
- Reliable wireless connectivity without which nothing else really matters.
- Standards-based integration, which involves the incorporation of key industry standards around Wi-Fi cellular integration and roaming.
- An agile design that is scalable, flexible, and extensible is required to address the rapid changes in both technology and business models. This would include support for Wi-Fi enabled value added services.