Brocade's recently announced plans to buy Ruckus Wireless for $1.2 billion should beef up Brocade's ability to compete in markets like 5G and IoT, while also providing a crucial piece currently lacking from Ruckus's product portfolio.
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.
With an eye toward a future that will include a whole lot more sharing of spectrum, Ruckus Wireless will demonstrate OpenG technology in collaboration with Qualcomm during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.
Thanks to partnerships with Google, local entrepreneurs and a host of vendors, a group in Council Bluffs, Iowa, launched a free municipal Wi-Fi network that it hopes to keep expanding this year and into next and beyond.
The city of San Leandro, Calif., is debuting a new municipal Wi-Fi network that will be free to users.
Ruckus Wireless has announced the ZoneFlex P300 bridge system, an outdoor Smart Wi-Fi bridging system. The ZoneFlex P300 was designed for high-density user environments such as business parks, school campuses, urban centers, warehouses and other outdoor venues.
Shares of Ruckus Wireless were down Friday after the company missed analysts' estimates for earnings and revenue in the first quarter, but the company--like its competitors--is still ready to seize any disruption in the Wi-Fi market caused by HP's purchase of Aruba Networks.
Ruckus Wireless is trying to stir up the Wi-Fi industry with the introduction of what it claims is the industry's first Wi-Fi access point based on Wave 2 features of the 802.11ac standard, enabling multi-gigabit Wi-Fi performance and "unprecedented" capacity.
While it's mind boggling in this day and age that cities need to go through so many hoops to build their own broadband networks, it's encouraging to see what's being done in the area of municipal Wi-Fi.
The vendor supplying up to 10,000 802.11ac access points for New York City's LinkNYC is Ruckus Wireless, the same company that is supplying Wi-Fi gear for cities like San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., albeit on a much smaller scale, sources close to the matter say.