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Ruckus Introduces SmartCell Wireless Edge System at Mobile World Congress

Ruckus, a supplier of advanced wireless systems, has launched SmartCell, a new line of small cell service provider products that enables easy access, backhaul, and core capacity pressures while delivering reliable wireless services in high-density areas. Ruckus introduced the new product at the Mobile World Congress (News - Alert).

The company’s SmartCell line of products, including SmartCell 8800 and SmartCell 200 gateway, help the operators with problems related to managing high data-traffic growth and rising customer demand for data services.

Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless (News - Alert), said, “The telecom industry is going through major reconstruction as operators evaluate new network strategies to tackle the impact that the mobile Internet is having on their infrastructures.”

“It's not about whether operators should deploy Wi-Fi or cellular within smaller cells, they need to do both. By putting small cells closer to the subscriber, operators can lower the cost of transporting each bit while boosting wireless capacity. Users will access the network at much higher data rates and be able to get on and off the network more quickly - utilizing less network capacity from a spectrum and time perspective. Our SmartCell is the first system of its kind designed with this in mind,” Lo added.

According to In-Stat (News - Alert) estimates, worldwide shipments of small cell equipment will rise to $14 billion by 2015, with outdoor metrocell shipments realizing a compound annual growth rate of 248 percent over the next five years.

Ruckus aims to simplify the authentication services for Wi-Fi through its SmartCell system, which uses EAP methods with IEEE (News - Alert) 802.1x port-based authentication. Also, it eliminates the need to install any software on client devices.

Ruckus has two others products designed mainly for service providers: the SmartCell 8800, a multi-radio outdoor access node developed to integrate 3G/4G, Wi-Fi and backhaul into a single form factor; and the SmartCell 200, a scalable HetNet edge gateway capable of supporting innumerable Ruckus or non-Ruckus APs and providing standards-based 3GPP integration into existing and future mobile core infrastructures.

At the Mobile World Congress, Ruckus also announced that it has secured $21.7 million in financing, taking total investment in the company to $72.7 million since it was started in 2004. It also named two new industry luminaries, Richard J. Lynch and Georges Antoun (News - Alert), to its board of directors.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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