Ruckus Networks (now part of CommScope via acquisition) today announced
the immediate availability of the company’s U.S.
Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) LTE portfolio. Consisting of
CBRS-band LTE access points (APs) and associated cloud services, the new
portfolio enables organizations to easily deploy private LTE networks to
address a wide range of critical use cases that are poorly served by
existing connectivity alternatives. To facilitate IT-led initiatives, a
Ruckus private LTE network can be deployed as easily as Wi-Fi—in a
matter of hours or days—and managed from the cloud. The newly available
infrastructure operates in the U.S. CBRS band (3550 – 3700 MHz), which
is expected to be made available by the FCC for commercial use in the
third quarter of 2019.
The FCC CBRS spectrum is allocated using a novel sharing model that
allows any organization to easily access and use spectrum in a local
area, at nominal cost. With this dedicated local spectrum, organizations
of all types can make use of LTE, which delivers higher network
reliability, security, range, quality-of-service (QoS), and mobility
than can be achieved in unlicensed spectrum.
Ruckus is a founding member of the CBRS Alliance and Ruckus’ LTE APs are
the industry’s first
FCC-certified CBRS-band LTE APs. Ruckus equipment has been deployed
in nearly 50 trials across a wide variety of enterprise verticals as
well as with mobile network operators (MNOs), multiple system operators
(MSOs), mobile virtual network operator (MVNOs) and neutral-host
For MNOs, the Ruckus CBRS LTE portfolio provides a means of augmenting
over-taxed cellular networks. For MSOs with a mobile offering, the
Ruckus portfolio provides a means of reducing MVNO expense. For neutral
host operators, the portfolio provides a new tool to enable
operator-neutral in-building coverage, a use case that is expected to
grow dramatically in popularity as CBRS-capable smartphones penetrate
the mainstream subscriber base.
“The market needs cloud-based, easy-to-deploy CBRS solutions to enable
the growing opportunities of private LTE networks in the mobile, cable
and enterprise segments,” said Kyung Mun, principal analyst, Mobile
Experts. “LTE solutions similar to Ruckus’—that are simple to deploy
like Wi-Fi—will help drive rapid adoption of private LTE networks across
numerous market segments. Our forecast is that nearly one million CBRS
small cells will be shipped by 2023.”
“Ruckus has led the CBRS charge and is already working with enterprises
to deploy private LTE networks, proving the value of the shared
spectrum,” said Ian Whiting, senior vice president and segment lead for
Ruckus Networks. “Now that commercial availability of CBRS is a reality,
we’re excited to support organizations across a variety of industries to
harness the mobility, security, and quality of service that this shared
Private LTE for Business-critical Use Cases
Once the FCC finalizes commercial CBRS spectrum availability,
organizations across a wide variety of verticals will, for the first
time, be able deploy their own private LTE networks. These private LTE
networks will enable these organizations to address challenging,
critical use cases that only a dedicated, secure, ultra-high-quality
network can reliably support. Critical use cases include:
- Secure, wide-area, high-definition video surveillance
- Critical communications for security and operations teams
- Remote vehicle and equipment control
- Automated guided vehicle (AGV) connectivity
- Mobile point-of-sale (POS) and mobile kiosk connectivity
- Mobile high-volume data transfer for imagery, video, diagnostics
Mobile connectivity for utility, public safety and passenger transfer
- Low-latency connectivity for industrial automation (Industry 4.0)
These and other use cases are applicable to a wide variety of industries
and environments including: airports, hospitals, hotels, manufacturing,
municipalities, ports, railyards, public venues and stadiums, and
schools and universities. To support private LTE implementations,
organizations can draw upon a rapidly growing ecosystem of CBRS-capable
devices and endpoints.
Additionally, the Ruckus CBRS LTE portfolio provides tools for MNO,
MVNO, MSO and neutral-host operators to address coverage issues in
buildings of all sizes as CBRS-capable devices, such as handsets,
smartphones and other LTE-connected devices, become widely adopted.
The Ruckus CBRS LTE Portfolio
The Ruckus CBRS LTE Portfolio includes:
Ruckus Q710—a 3.5 GHz indoor LTE AP that covers approximately 10,000
- Ruckus Q410—a 3.5 GHz indoor LTE AP that plugs into Ruckus Wi-Fi APs.
Ruckus Q910—a 3.5 GHz outdoor LTE AP that covers approximately the
area within a 660-foot city block.
LTE AP Management Service—a cloud service that enables simple,
cloud-based management of the LTE APs.
Private-LTE Network Services—a cloud service that provides all the
necessary network functionality to enable organizations to deploy
their own LTE networks.
Organizations seeking to deploy private LTE should choose the
appropriate LTE APs to address their coverage and capacity requirements
and subscribe to the LTE AP Management Service and Private-LTE Network
Services, each on a per-AP basis. Operators and other large
organizations with their own LTE core network may choose to deploy only
LTE APs and the LTE AP Management Service.
All CBRS LTE products and services are available from qualified Ruckus
channel partners that participate in the Ruckus CBRS Specialization
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