Ruckus Networks, the latest acquisition by pay TV setup and cable network equipment vendor Arris, has announced a new line of products aimed at operators hosting fixed wireless services using the 3.5 GHz CBRS band.
The portfolio includes the Ruckus Q710 3.5 GHz indoor LTE access point/small cell, which can cover about 10,000 square feet; and the Ruckus Q910 3.5 GHz outdoor LTE AP, which can cover an area within a 660-foot city block.
Meanwhile, the Ruckus cEMS (cloud-base element management system), cSAS (cloud-based spectrum allocation server) and cEPC (cloud-based evolved packet core) are being sold as subscription services, either bundled or a la carte.
Arris’ professional services unit is being tapped to provide operator clients with network planning and deployment services.
Ruckus said its LTE access portfolio is now in trials. It expects to have the products and services available for market in the second half of the year, following FCC signoffs.
Ruckus made the announcement ahead of next week’s Mobile World Congress confab in Barcelona, Spain. It didn’t reveal client partners for the new product/service line. But both Comcast and Charter have initiated CBRS trials.
Arris closed on its $800 million acquisition of Ruckus in December.
"We anticipate the CBRS radio access network (RAN) market to grow 10-fold between 2018 and 2022, with total RAN investments approaching $1 billion," said Stefan Pongratz, senior director of carrier economics and mobile RAN, Dell'Oro Group, enlisted to comment in Ruckus’ press release. "The CBRS band lowers the barrier-to-entry and provides opportunities for a wide range of participants to operate a public or private LTE network, utilizing shared spectrum. We expect significant momentum for service providers and private enterprise LTE after the FCC certification for CBRS."
Added Arris’ Ruckus division president, Dan Rabinovitsj: "In CBRS, we see an opportunity to bring the ease-of-deployment and ease-of-management attributes of the enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) to the world of LTE. We’re giving the enterprise a simple, cost-effective way to address critical application requirements that today go unaddressed, while adding a novel tool to help our customers and partners meet the insatiable demand for bandwidth.”