Ruckus scores Wi-Fi deal with The Cloud

Ruckus Wireless announced it will supply indoor Wi-Fi equipment to The Cloud, the U.K.'s largest public access Wi-Fi provider, upgrading from 802.11g equipment.

The Cloud is retrofitting thousands of hotspot locations with Ruckus Wireless' ZoneFlex dual-band 802.11n access points throughout the U.K. in a number of retail locations. The Cloud was recently acquired by BSkyB and offers Wi-Fi coverage across Europe.

"Given the density of users, the increase in smart devices and the sophistication of high bandwidth applications, we've really focused our efforts on how to best improve the Wi-Fi experience for our customers," Sami Susiaho, Wi-Fi product manager for The Cloud, said in a release. "Busy hotspots on the high street can sometimes prove challenging when deploying Wi-Fi services and the equipment used needs to be able to cope with those challenges. We see this as a real opportunity to offer higher speed Wi-Fi services to consumers, managed wireless services to business and mobile data offload to operators."

The Cloud is offering Ruckus indoor ZoneFlex 7363 dual-band 802.11n APs to its commercial customers as a way to incent them to offer public Wi-Fi services.

For more:
- see this release

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