Thursday, 16th July 2020

Sky collaborates with Ruckus Wireless

Ruckus Wireless is working 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 leadership in smart wireless services and software to improve customer experience and reduce network implementation costs for Sky.

This unique smart wireless offering, developed by the two companies, allows Sky to still deliver the same high-­?? performance wireless experience even when high speed fibre connections aren’t practical or economical. This flexible solution builds on an already outstanding service to combine DSL-­??links to the AP’s Ethernet ports for throughput amplification, increasing Wi-­??Fi capacity in high density area networks. A key benefit is that the roll out of this wireless service doesn’t necessitate a LAN switch, link bonding hardware or special network configuration, which significantly decreases deployment costs, removes the challenge of having a ‘single point of failure’, and optimises the total cost of ownership (TCO) for the service provider.
Anotherchallengefacingserviceproviderstodayisthatalloftoday’s Wi-­??FiAPs,whetherlegacyornewermodels, carry hundreds of megabits or even gigabit per second wireless connectivity. However, popular xDSL technologies ‘ADSL’ (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) and ‘VDSL’ (Very high speed Digital Subscriber Line) or FTTC are limited to tens of megabits per second of downstreamcapacity.

Sami Susiaho, head of edge technologies at Sky said: “We wanted a simple, scalable, robust and low cost way to addcapacitytoourhotspots.Lineaggregationorfibreoptictechnologiesaretoocostlytoroll-­??outto20,000+sites. This technology allows us to just add the same again, perhaps many times if needed, very effectively increasing capacityatafractionofthecost.Ourlong-­??standingsuccessfulrelationshipwithRuckus Wirelessmeanttheywere the perfect partners to help us bring this new service to market within six months to the benefit of our customers. ThisproductdemonstratesourinvestmentinindustryinnovationandcomesatatimewhereaccesstoWi-­??Fiis becomingautility–voiceismovingtoWi-­??Fi,videotrafficisincreasingexponentiallyandthecomingsummer brings sporting events like International rugby, Test Cricket, Formula 1, the Olympics and the Euros. Evolutions likethiskeepusinastrongpositiontogrowmarketshareinahighlycompetitivemarketplace.”
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