Monday, May 4, 2015

ARRIS Debuts Service Provider Wi-Fi Platform

ARRIS introduced a new Service Provider Wi-Fi solution for extending residential Wi-Fi services outside the home with a centrally managed, coordinated service.

ARRIS's Service Provider Wi-Fi Systems Design and Integration combines key service components— Authentication Authorization and Accounting (AAA), policy enforcement, web portals, wireless access gateways, radio resource management, access point controllers, and access points—for delivering a single, unified customer experience regardless of device, location or transport technology.

The company said it is able to fit into operators' delivery network and back-office systems as a result of its integration with Aptilo Networks, Benu Networks and Ruckus Wireless. The combined platform leverages Aptilo's service management platform, Benu's wireless access gateway, and Ruckus carrier-class, Smart Wi-Fi access points and control systems to provide a scalable, global platform for new Wi-Fi service delivery.

The Aptilo Service Management Platform centralizes user authentication, billing, policy enforcement, and captive portals to the operator's cloud, supporting a wide range of Wi-Fi business models. Benu's wireless access gateway enables seamless mobility between access networks, terminating tunnels from Wi-Fi access points and providing a consistent user experience across the network. Ruckus ZoneFlex access points as well as their SmartCell™ Gateway (SCG) and virtual SCG (vSCG) carrier scale WLAN controllers provide carrier-class Wi-Fi access plus self-organizing and self-optimizing capabilities, and are available in a broad range of indoor and outdoor models, including wall-plate units designed specifically for the MDU and hospitality sectors.

"ARRIS is inventing the future of broadband by meeting service providers' needs today, while anticipating how they will evolve," said Dan Whalen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Services, ARRIS. "Wi-Fi, as a service, is crossing over into the carrier space, and we're committed to keeping each of our customers ahead of the curve. We partnered with Aptilo, Benu, and Ruckus to deliver a new Service Provider Wi-Fi solution that provides a scalable and customizable solution that can evolve with the changing landscape."