Selina Lo 280Selina Lo Ruckus3.5 GHz band ready to take off with TD-LTE as 5 GHz Wi-Fi hits congestion. Everybody wins if you connect in-building with Wi-Fi or shared TD-LTE rather than a network that only works for one carrier. The same applies to stadiums. A football team wants good service for all the fans in the seats, not just those with Verizon phones or whichever other carrier is first to build. Companies renting space today expect their cellphones to work, even in interior parts of the building. Real estate owners are building out small cells/DAS in most major commercial buildings, often working with third parties. 

Today's Wi-Fi can reach speeds over a gigabit in the 5 GHz band. The newly available 3.5 GHz spectrum can offer more capacity as it is needed, especially in the U.S., where an amazing 150 MHz is available many places. That's enough for three or four Verizon-sized networks, available without a spectrum fee. 

Ruckus' OpenG is designed to make the shared network easy to administer.

They've built a large business selling reliable Wi-Fi network gear to institutions, and now are extending their system to the 100+ MHz coming available in the U.S. at 3.5 GHz. With the MU-MIMO of 802.11ac Wi-Fi and the new open spectrum, a well-designed Wi-Fi + TD-LTE network can cover very heavy traffic demands of crowded spaces. 

One network is cheaper to build than four. 

Important note: The original version of this article was seriously in error. I assumed the 3.5 GHz would use Wi-Fi protocols, not TD-LTE. Thanks to Laurie Faulkner, Dave Wright, and Tracey Workman for correcting me.



Company Showcases New Demonstrations of OpenG Technology at Major Global Events in the US and Brazil

SUNNYVALE, CA—October 17, 2016—Ruckus Wireless, Inc., a part of Brocade, will be showcasing its OpenG™ technology, a solution developed to address coverage and capacity challenges of indoor cellular networks, at two major events this week: Futurecom and Dell EMC World. Utilizing Ruckus’ OpenG technology, enterprises and service providers will be able to offer high quality in-building cellular service in a fraction of the time and cost it takes to implement a distributed antenna system (DAS). OpenG is significantly less expensive, easier to deploy and mobile network-neutral.

The challenge of in-building cellular coverage and capacity has been a long-standing one, and continues to grow as newer energy efficient buildings block RF signals that result in even more dead zones. This means little-to-no-coverage and a disruption in service for any consumer using a cell phone in the building. Existing alternatives, such as DAS, are expensive and complex, and there are still gaps in the Wi-Fi offering to provide seamless cellular capabilities. To solve this problem, the FCC released, under the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band for commercial use in the U.S.; industry players are collaborating to develop technology combining coordinated shared spectrum capabilities with neutral host capable small cells to enable effective in-building cellular.

"Ruckus OpenG technology is more important for consumers now than ever before,” says Selina Lo, CEO of the Ruckus Wireless Business Unit, Brocade. “The wireless industry is dramatically shifting as cellular and Wi-Fi technologies converge, and lines are blurring between traditional spectrum management models (either licensed or unlicensed) with the new coordinated shared spectrum 3.5 GHz model. Ruckus OpenG technology combines coordinated shared spectrum capabilities with neutral host capable small cells to enable building owners of all sizes to deploy cost-effective in-building cellular coverage for all of their customer and employee needs."

To showcase the updated product, Ruckus’ technology will be at the forefront of conversations at industry events this week:

Futurecom (October 17-20th in Sao Paolo, Brazil)

Ruckus Wireless CEO Selina Lo will be speaking at Futurecom about the future of smart cities. By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. There is constantly a demand for connection to access educational, health and public security resources, and as technology continues to change, people will rely on future smart cities to supply efficient energy consumption and better infrastructure. Yet, as more “smart cities” are developed, the greater the frequency of “dead zones.” As a result, it’s important for cities looking to become “smart” to also consider how they will address the challenges of indoor cellular coverage and capacity, the after effect of a city’s technological advancement.

Session Title: “Meeting Global Demand: Three Pillars in the Connected Future of Smart Cities
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: 2:40-3:10 p.m. BRT
Location: Room Argentina

Also at Futurecom, Ruckus will be demoing its OpenG technology, which combines coordinated shared spectrum capabilities, such as 3.5 GHz in the U.S., with neutral host capable small cells to enable building owners of all sizes to deploy cost-effective in-building cellular coverage for all of their customer and employee needs. Visit Booth #C44 to learn more about how OpenG will solve today’s in-building cellular challenges.

Dell EMC World (October 18-20th in Austin, TX)

Ruckus Wireless will be hosting the first live public demo of OpenG at Dell EMC World this year. The Dell EMC World demo highlights the Quality-of-Service (QoS) advantages of the 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum versus the existing Unlicensed 2.4GHz ISM or 5GHz UNII spectrum, especially in crowded Wi-Fi environments like the Dell EMC World conference center. A high-quality video stream and a video conference call will be shown simultaneously over wired Ethernet, Unlicensed and CBRS. The demo will also include the following components from key industry partners:

  • Dell EMC - Servers, NFV software, Dell laptops
  • Brocade - Virtual Enhanced Packet Core, Ruckus CBRS LTE access points
  • Qualcomm - CBRS LTE modems
  • Federated Wireless - CBRS spectrum allocation database service

Look for the Ruckus demo at the Emerging Client Technologies area of the Dell Customer Solution Center, Booth C6, at the Austin Convention Center, from October 18-20, 2016.

To learn more about OpenG™ technology and why it’s the best approach to answer the indoor cellular coverage problem, visit

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