TW Cable is deploying Ruckus 802.11n Smart Wi-Fi systems outfitted with Docsis 3.0 modems for backhaul capacity and to provide broadband connectivity for high-capacity indoor public venues, such as arenas. To help serve high-traffic areas, Ruckus has integrated an adaptive antenna array, which extends signals using software-controlled, directional antennas, and ChannelFly, a feature that automates which channel an access point uses based on available capacity.
The MSO is deploying Ruckus in Los Angeles, site of its largest Wi-Fi deployment so far, a TW Cable spokesman said. TW Cable is also using gear from BelAir Networks Inc., now part of Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), in L.A. and in an earlier Wi-Fi deployment in New York City. (See TW Cable Places Bigger Wi-Fi Bet, Ruckus Ready to Rumble With Docsis 3.0 , and TW Cable Earmarks Wi-Fi Cash.)
Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS), a Ruckus reseller, also has a role in the TW Cable deployment, helping Ruckus with fulfillment and systems integration. (See Arris to Resell Ruckus Wi-Fi Gear.)
Why this matters
Ruckus, which is about to announce a reseller deal with Nokia Networks , is competing against Ericsson and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) to nab pole positions in MSOs' Wi-Fi deployments and to slot themselves into future Wi-Fi roaming deals. (See NSN Raises a Wi-Fi Ruckus .)
Ruckus is demonstrating Wi-Fi roaming at this week's CTIA in the form of 802.11u, a standard-in-the-works that will let cable customers roam to different Wi-Fi hot spots without having to log in again. The demo will use Samsung Corp. Galaxy smartphone models, says Ruckus VP of Corporate Marketing David Callisch.
TW Cable is a big win for Ruckus, but the vendor also has deals with operators such as Bright House Networks , Sky , KDDI Corp. , PCCW Ltd. (NYSE: PCW; Hong Kong: 0008) and China Telecom Corp. Ltd. (NYSE: CHA). Ruckus has a couple of big domestic MSO deals already in place, and the cable operators "have a very aggressive deployment schedule," Callisch says.
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— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable