A common problem facing wireless operators today is network congestion, especially in areas that have high densities of population. Mobile customers have experienced poor voice/data quality in some of these locations:
- Convention Centers
- Downtown Business districts
- Shopping Malls
- Sports arenas and stadia
Wireline network operators faced similar challenges 12-14 years ago, as internet services like dial-up access, cable modems and DSL were experiencing hyper growth.
Most of us have experienced slower Internet speeds while using our smart phones, tablets and laptops. One solution to this problem is off-loading some of the traffic from the 3G/4G wireless networks to a Wi-Fi network.
I did not realize the severity of the problem that wireless carriers were facing with data congestion until I spoke with Dr. Andrew Odlyzko, Professor at the University of Minnesota and formerly the Director of its Digital Technology Center. “Carriers will have to embrace WiFi as spectrum is scarce and there is a limit to the number of cells that can be added” said Dr. Odlyzko. In 1998, as a researcher at AT&T, Dr. Odlyzko was the first person to challenge UUNET’s (part of Verizon now) overly optimistic forecast that Internet traffic was doubling every 3-4 months. Dr Odlyzko published a memorable paper estimating that Internet traffic was at best doubling every 12 months. He proved to be right.
- Residential and enterprise wireless access products.
- iPTV carrier products
- Wi-Fi carrier products
According to Steven Glapa, Senior Director, Ruckus Wireless, “Ruckus wireless offers unparalleled adaptive antenna technology which combined with the intelligence of its gateway make its offering the best in the market.” An exuberant Mr. Glapa, added by saying.”We have the possibility of being the next generation Ericsson.”
- An Australian operator
- KDDI (Japan)
- PCCW (Hong Kong)
- Cloud, a division of BskyB