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Ruckus Wireless will integrate its 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology with Nokia Networks’ Flexi Zone small cells.

Ruckus says the agreement addresses the growing demand for data capacity on carriers’ networks.

“As the number of mobile Internet users and smart mobile devices continues to grow dramatically, advanced services like video streaming, multimedia-rich social media and VoIP are inflating traffic volumes,” said Ruckus’s Greg Beach.

“Adding conventional cellular macro base stations to address this challenge is typically time-consuming and often cost prohibitive. Consequently, mobile network operators are increasingly looking for cost-effective solutions and more flexible approaches using Small cells to ease this pressure on their existing infrastructures.

“While operators continue to embrace the licensed spectrum to address ballooning traffic demands, it’s clear that integrating carrier-class Wi-Fi into Small cells is a smart, forward-thinking approach to addressing this challenge, even in the most advanced cellular networks,” said Beach

“As service providers shift their focus toward serving high-traffic stationary areas and indoor deployments, and the need to inject more capacity and coverage into their infrastructures as part of an overall heterogeneous network strategy, the business case for Small cells is extremely compelling.”

The combined Ruckus and Nokia Networks small cell products will be commercially available in the first half of 2015 from Nokia Networks.

“Adding additional radio frequency capacity while improving spectral efficiency are two strategies of great interest to mobile network operators around the world,” said Beach.

“The use of smarter wireless systems that allow operators to more easily inject wireless capacity into their service infrastructure and better optimise Wi-Fi traffic flow over the unlicensed spectrum to offload data from cellular macro networks has increased significantly, a trend that is expected to continue.

“We expect small cells to continue to have a profound and transformative impact on the telecommunications industry, helping to solve the capacity crunch being experienced by both service providers and their subscribers around the world.

“Our pioneering efforts with Nokia Networks to incorporate Ruckus Wi-Fi technology into their Small cells are proactively addressing this problem, offering an innovative solution for operators worldwide,” said Beach.

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Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire and editor of sister publication CommsWire. He is also founder and Research Director of Connection Research, a market research and analysis firm specialising in the convergence of sustainable, digital and environmental technologies. He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.

 

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