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Sky, Ruckus develop Wi-Fi access points

Ruckus Wireless, a Wi-­Fi vendor in the service provider sector, has announced a collaboration with Sky to develop a new wireless access point (AP) solution to increase Wi-Fi connectivity and in high footfall usage areas such as coffee shops and bars. This new service, available now, was created with Ruckus Wireless for its expertise in smart wireless services and software to improve customer experience and reduce network implementation costs for Sky.

Sami Susiaho, head of edge technologies at Sky said: “We wanted a simple, scalable, robust and low cost way to add capacity to our hotspots. Line aggregation or fibre optic technologies are too costly to roll-out to 20,000+ sites. This technology allows us to just add the same again, perhaps many times if needed, very effectively increasing capacity at a fraction of the cost. Our long-standing successful relationship with Ruckus Wireless meant they were the perfect partners to help us bring this new service to market within six months to the benefit of our customers. This product demonstrates our investment in industry innovation and comes at a time where access to Wi-Fi is becoming a utility – voice is moving to Wi-­Fi, video traffic is increasing exponentially and the coming summer brings sporting events like International rugby, Test Cricket, Formula 1, the Olympics and the Euros. Evolutions like this keep us in a strong position to grow market share in a highly competitive marketplace.”

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