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Cincinnati Bell Turns to Ruckus to Deliver Carrier-Class Wi-Fi

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November 27, 2012

Cincinnati Bell Turns to Ruckus to Deliver Carrier-Class Wi-Fi

Cincinnati Bell (News - Alert), a local exchange and wireless provider, recently chose Ruckus Wireless' Smart Wi-Fi products and technology to support its enterprise managed services, Wi-Fi hotspot and metro public access businesses.

"Our business customers are looking for us to provide a comprehensive solution that includes true carrier-class Wi-Fi," Mike Waggoner, senior product manager for Cincinnati Bell, said in a statement. "With Ruckus, we are improving our position on delivering to our customers what we believe is the best Wi-Fi products and technology."

Cincinnati Bell has been offering commercial Wi-Fi services to its high-speed data customers since 2004, but has chosen to deploy Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart Wi-Fi to support its business customers which require managed, wide-area Wi-Fi solutions such as stadium venues or college campuses. The provider is also considering upgrading their current Wi-Fi hotspots to high-speed 802.11n with Ruckus Wireless (News - Alert) Smart Wi-Fi.

In fact, Cincinnati Bell is already supporting an average download of 440 gigabytes within a 24-hour period from 100 students on a college campus using Ruckus ZoneFlex 802.11n products.

"We're seeing a steady rise in interest and use of public Wi-Fi," said Paul McDaniel, network engineer at Cincinnati Bell. "As our deployment footprint grows to meet customer needs, we've seen a marked increase in the bandwidth required to meet the demand."

Cincinnati Bell points to higher smartphone penetration as the cause for increased use of wireless data services for its commercial business. However, business customers require something better: carrier-class Wi-Fi. Fortunately, with Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi, Cincinnati Bell has been able to handle much greater capacities power access point to address the needs of business customers.

Recently, Ruckus' new three-stream 802.11n ZoneFlex 7982 was found to consistently outperform competitive alternatives in an industry-first evaluation of high-speed three-stream enterprise Wi-Fi access points, conducted by Syracuse University's School of Information Studies' Center for Convergence (News - Alert) and Emerging Networking Technologies.

Earlier in November, the company raised $126 million in an initial public offering of 8.4 million shares of common stock priced at $15 per share.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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