Ruckus Wireless has worked with Alcatel-Lucent to provide Wi-Fi at this year’s SReXperts conferences hosted over the last four months by Alcatel-Lucent for their service provider and other customers in Madrid, Tokyo and San Diego.
SReXperts is an education, training and networking event organised by Alcatel-Lucent’s IP routing and transport division, designed to help service providers leverage product investments and advance new IP-based services, including carrier Wi-Fi and voice over Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi was delivered throughout the event venues using Ruckus’ 802.11ac and 802.11n indoor Wi-Fi access points along with Ruckus’ Virtual SmartZoneTM controllers (vSZ) and Alcatel-Lucent’s 7750 service router, which provides support for Wi-Fi interworking based on S2a (3GPP SaMOG), extending its routing and gateway capabilities to Wi-Fi.
The ability of the 7750 SR to scale to support millions of users and connected devices translates into the ability for massive delivery of high quality wireless broadband. At the same time, the 7750 SR is able to ensure a high QoS on a per-user, per-flow or per-application/service basis, which improves and enhances the quality of the end-user experience.
Ruckus said it is continuing to work closely with Alcatel-Lucent on ways to improve the overall wireless experience for end-users. Through a strategy called Wireless Unified Networks, Ruckus and Alcatel-Lucent are looking to combine 4G LTE cellular with Wi-Fi.
By offloading uplink traffic to LTE and by aggregating the Wi-Fi and LTE downlink traffic paths, Wi-Fi range can be increased by a factor of two, downlink speed can increase 70%, and uplink speed can increase as much as 55X.
Referred to as Wi-Fi boost, Ruckus and Alcatel-Lucent argue they are moving beyond the simple LTE-U/LAA co-existence of cellular and Wi-Fi by blending the best of both technologies for higher capacity and a more consistent mobile voice, data and video experience.