Arris Whips Up Some Cable WiFi

11:15 AM Vendor nets some wireless biz from the Tier 2 MSO sector

Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor

January 25, 2010

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Arris Whips Up Some Cable WiFi

11:15 AM -- A run on Docsis 3.0 gear late last year allowed Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) to blow out its fourth quarter, but the cable vendor is also seeing some uptick in its WiFi partnership business here at the start of 2010. (See Arris Swirls With MSO 'Budget Flush'.)

Sunflower Broadband , a mid-sized MSO headquartered in Lawrence, Kan., has tapped Arris's "Rapid Launch Hot Zone System" to beef up its existing WiFi service capabilities.

Arris didn't reveal financial terms, but it won't be the only vendor benefiting from the deal, since Arris developed the Hot Zone system by integrating BelAir Networks Inc. 's wireless gear with a centralized management system from SolutionInc Ltd.

Sunflower, whose WiFi strategy mimics Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC)'s to a degree, says the new system will help it expand its business with commercial customers and integrate with third-party billing systems, while accommodating a variety of pay-per-use options using credit cards, email accounts, and access codes. That same system will also give Sunflower a way to manage WiFi access points individually, including the ability to offer tiered levels of service. (See Cablevision Expects Lower WiFi Bill .)

Sunflower, which has already tapped Arris for its Docsis 3.0 rollout, expects to begin deployments next month. It'll start off by applying the new system to about 60 BelAir WiFi access points serving Lawrence and a handful of surrounding communities, including Basehor, Tonganoxi, Linwood, and Eudora. (See Sunflower Uncaps D3 Video Tier .)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

About the Author(s)

Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Follow him on X and LinkedIn.

Baumgartner also served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013. In between his two stints at Light Reading, he led tech coverage for Multichannel News and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting + Cable. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

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