OpenG

LTE Coverage with Wi-Fi Simplicity

The challenge of high quality in-building cellular coverage and capacity has been a long-standing one. Existing alternatives, such as DAS, are expensive and complex while traditional small cells are unable to provide the required multi-operator support.

Ruckus OpenG technology addresses this by combining shared spectrum LTE-based capabilities on the CBRS band with neutral host capable small cells. OpenG will enable our customers to deploy cost-effective in-building and outdoor cellular coverage & capacity with Wi-Fi like simplicity. This can be achieved utilizing stand-alone Ruckus 3.5GHz small cells or with plug in units that connect to the current Ruckus Wi-Fi access points.

Whether you're a Service Provider or an Enterprise looking to be ready to take advantage of this new “innovation band”, we’re here to help you out.

The challenge of high quality in-building cellular coverage and capacity is evident with the prevalent existence of cellular “dead spots” within buildings and campuses. Generally these dead spots occur because new building materials block signals, macro reach to high floors isn’t dependable, street level shadowing diminishes connectivity, and lower-frequency spectrum is reaching its capacity limit. This results in poor cellular performance, meaning disruption in service, for anyone using a cell phone in-building.

OpenG technology in the US is based on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandated Citizen's Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3.5 GHz band. This will open up to 150 MHz of much needed spectrum (3550-3700 MHz) for commercial use in the US. OpenG technology combines the option to leverage shared spectrum capabilities, such as 3.5 GHz in the U.S., with neutral host capable small cells to enable building owners of all sizes to deploy cost-effective in-building cellular coverage for all of their customer and employee needs. Ruckus’ vision offers a significantly less expensive, easier-to-deploy, mobile network-neutral alternative to distributed antenna systems (DAS) and traditional small cells.

OpenG is a global opportunity; it is not U.S. only. Throughout the world, regulatory bodies are also expected to adopt similar rules for CBRS-like spectrum that will empower consumers in their respective countries. These may use 3.5 GHz spectrum, or they may use other available spectrum bands.

OpenG

What it means:

OpenG is a Ruckus technology innovation that improves mobile coverage and capacity inside buildings, where connecting with conventional macro networks is a challenge. It combines new coordinated shared spectrum (CSS) capabilities with small cell technologies to bring licensed mobile connectivity indoors. In the United States, OpenG solutions use 3.5GHz spectrum under the Citizens Broadcast Radio Service (CBRS) rules defined by the Federal Communications Commission. Ruckus is an active participant in a group of wireless industry leaders working to develop, market and promote solutions utilizing CBRS.

Why you should care:

Mobile service has traditionally been an either/or proposition: users connect to mobile macro networks outside, and rely on Wi-Fi indoors where mobile signals are poorer. If you’ve ever been on a mobile call and walked into an office building or parking structure, you know why that’s a big problem. In many buildings, especially new construction, mobile services that operate over licensed radio spectrum just can’t penetrate everywhere users want them. Especially deep inside buildings, you end up with mobile “dead zones”, dropped calls and frustrated subscribers.

With the emergence of LTE-WiFi convergence and CSS, that’s all changing. Solutions like Ruckus’ OpenG let service providers and enterprises deploy “neutral host” small cell solutions inside buildings to extend mobile connectivity to places it wouldn’t otherwise reach. The result: better indoor coverage, happier users and new business opportunities for managed wireless services.