Pioneer Telephone Cooperative is trialing Ruckus Wireless' in-home "smart Wi-Fi" system to enable and distribute broadband digital services, such as IPTV, to any corner of the home using 802.11g WiFi. Pioneer launched its commercial IPTV service using ADSL2+ in June 2004 and has more than 20,000 broadband subscribers throughout 76 cities and towns. Pioneer is planning a phased roll out of the Ruckus WiFi system as part of its popular broadband services throughout this year. It is estimated that by using Ruckus System, Pioneer can reduce the time required for installing Cat5 cables from 3 hours to 45 minutes and cut in half the amount of labor and truck rolls needed. Ruckus is privately held and has raised about $14 million in two rounds of venture financing from Sequoia Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures and others.
For more information on this trial:
- read Ruckus Wireless press release