ARRIS Introduces Carrier-Class Platform for Wi-Fi Deployments
Platform integrates ARRIS’s leading CPE components with Aptilo, Benu, and Ruckus Wireless
SUWANEE, Ga., May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — ARRIS Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRS) today introduced a new Service Provider Wi-Fi solution for extending residential Wi-Fi services outside the home and addressing paying verticals including SMB*, MDU* and campus type environments. The carrier-class solution will allow operators to offer centrally managed, coordinated service offerings to their customers and greatly improve their ROI on wireless infrastructure. It will also allow operators to extend their sphere of influence beyond the traditional boundaries of the home network, expanding the market for advanced services, new verticals and targeted advertising.
ARRIS’s Service Provider Wi-Fi Systems Design and Integration combines key service components— Authentication Authorization and Accounting (AAA), policy enforcement, web portals, wireless access gateways, radio resource management, access point controllers, and access points—for delivering a single, unified customer experience regardless of device, location or transport technology.
The platform’s turnkey, carrier-class capabilities integrate seamlessly into operators’ delivery network and back-office systems as a result of ARRIS’s integration with Aptilo Networks, Benu Networks and Ruckus Wireless (NYSE: RKUS). The combined platform leverages Aptilo’s service management platform, Benu’s wireless access gateway, and Ruckus carrier-class, Smart Wi-Fi access points and control systems to provide a scalable, global platform for new Wi-Fi service delivery.
The Aptilo Service Management Platform™ centralizes user authentication, billing, policy enforcement, and captive portals to the operator’s cloud, supporting a wide range of Wi-Fi business models. Benu’s wireless access gateway enables seamless mobility between access networks, terminating tunnels from Wi-Fi access points and providing a consistent user experience across the network. Ruckus ZoneFlex™ access points as well as their SmartCell™ Gateway (SCG) and virtual SCG (vSCG) carrier scale WLAN controllers provide carrier-class Wi-Fi access plus self-organizing and self-optimizing capabilities, and are available in a broad range of indoor and outdoor models, including wall-plate units designed specifically for the MDU and hospitality sectors.
The Service Provider Wi-Fi solution also provides a full set of Wi-Fi services including business case analysis, lab proof of concept and validations, OSS/BSS integrations, managed services and field design and deployment—allowing businesses to create solutions tailored specifically for their customers’ needs.
“ARRIS is inventing the future of broadband by meeting service providers’ needs today, while anticipating how they will evolve,” said Dan Whalen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Services, ARRIS. “Wi-Fi, as a service, is crossing over into the carrier space, and we’re committed to keeping each of our customers ahead of the curve. We partnered with Aptilo, Benu, and Ruckus to deliver a new Service Provider Wi-Fi solution that provides a scalable and customizable solution that can evolve with the changing landscape.”
Aptilo Networks is a leading provider of carrier-class systems to manage data services with advanced functions for authentication, policy control and charging. The Aptilo Service Management Platform™ (SMP) boasts pre-integrated functions to maximize functionality and fast-track deployments while minimizing impact on existing systems. It has become synonymous with Wi-Fi service management and Wi-Fi offload in large-scale deployments with 100+ operators in more than 70 countries, and is a critical component of Wi-Fi calling. For more information, please visit http://www.aptilo.com.
Benu’s mission is to transform the Network Operator’s business model from providing a pipe as a service to offering revenue generating services to subscriber devices and sessions, creating a unique subscriber experience. Benu is a venture funded company, led by Spark Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures, Comcast Ventures, ARRIS Group and Liberty Global. For more information, please visit our website: www.benu.net.
About Ruckus Wireless
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market. The company offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor “Smart Wi-Fi” products to mobile carriers, broadband service providers, and corporate enterprises, and has approximately 52,000 end-customers worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and coverage challenges caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic on wireless networks due to accelerated adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Ruckus invented and has patented state-of-the-art wireless voice, video, and data technology innovations, such as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal range, increase client data rates, and avoid interference, providing consistent and reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. For more information, visit http://www.ruckuswireless.com.
ARRIS is a global innovator in IP, video and broadband technology. We have continually worked with our customers to transform the experience of entertainment and communications for millions of people around the world. The people of ARRIS are dedicated to the success of our customers, bringing a passion for invention that has fueled our history: We created digital TV, delivered the first wireless broadband gateway and are pioneering the standards and pathways for tomorrow’s personalized, Ultra HD, multiscreen, and cloud services. We are dedicated to meeting today’s challenges and preparing for the tasks the future holds. Collaborating with our customers, ARRIS will continue to solve the most pressing challenges of 21st century communications. Together, we are inventing the future. For more information: www.arris.com.
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*MDU=multiple dwelling units
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