Brocade, a major player on the NFV and SDN scene in the wireless industry, announced it plans to purchase Wi-Fi equipment company Ruckus Wireless in a deal valued at around $1.2 billion. The companies expect the transaction to close in the third quarter of this year, and Ruckus CEO Selina Lo will remain in the combined company and will report to Brocade CEO Lloyd Carney.
Separately, they've been active in the 3.5 GHz arena, but now Google, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm, Federated Wireless and Ruckus Wireless are getting together to announce their shared commitment to promote solutions using the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band that the FCC acted on last year.
More Wi-Fi companies are getting on board with the MulteFire Alliance, with Boingo Wireless and Ruckus Wireless among those joining the organization.
In the ongoing war over the use of LTE in unlicensed spectrum, a group of companies, including Google, Boingo Wireless and Broadcom, is once again urging the FCC to push for a solution that won't have a negative impact on consumers of Wi-Fi.
Suddenlink said it will expand its offerings to business users with Arris' Service Provider Wi-Fi solution. Suddenlink said it will sell the product throughout its 17-state area.
Ruckus Wireless is using the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Wi-Fi Global Congress event in London to introduce what it calls the industry's first commercially available products to be Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) Passpoint certified for Hotspot 2.0, Release 2, setting the stage for a whole new way for organizations and users to connect to new public Wi-Fi network services.
Broadcom announced a new portfolio of Wi-Fi Wave 2 solutions for enterprise wireless access points. The expanded portfolio targets various segments of the enterprise and cloud WLAN markets, including campus, education, hospitality, healthcare and public venues.
SAN MATEO, Calif.--Representing divergent views from the Wi-Fi and LTE industries, panelists from Ericsson, Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless and CableLabs engaged in a lively debate at the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit here Wednesday about LTE-U/LAA and its impact on Wi-Fi. Or lack thereof, depending on your viewpoint.
While the competition is mulling ways to take customers away from WLAN vendor Aruba Networks as it gets combined with HP, Aruba is preparing its customers for what it calls better days ahead.
It didn't take long for Aruba Networks' competitors to seize on the company's acquisition by HP, letting the world know that they will take advantage of the situation and do their best to steal market share where they can.