Mweb national “smart WiFi service” announced

Ruckus Wireless announced on Wednesday, 19 February 2014, that it has been selected by MWEB to support a new nationwide wireless broadband public access service.

According to Ruckus, MWEB has installed over 5,000 Ruckus access points within high-density indoor locations such as malls, hotels, restaurants, hospitals and other public venues, with plans to deploy more than 15,000 more over the next 12 to 18 months.

These access points are Ruckus ZoneFlex dual-band Smart Wi-Fi access points (APs), including ZoneFlex 7782 outdoor, and ZoneFlex 7982 and 7055 indoor APs, Ruckus said.

MWEB will operate 150 Wi-Fi Zones by the end of March 2014 using Ruckus products, with plans to increase to over 500 sites by the end of 2016, Ruckus said.

Another feature Ruckus said it offers MWEB is the ability to give venue owners a view into their specific infrastructure, delivering customer client analytics on the use of MWEB’s installed Wi-Fi infrastructure at each location.

“The traditional hotspot model is what we are NOT doing – we are building Wi-Fi Zones,” said Nathier Kasu, general manager of Wi-Fi at MWEB. “Our strategy is to deploy Wi-Fi in strategic indoor and outdoor locations where people congregate in locations like shopping malls, hotels, hospitals, and theme parks and use Wi-Fi, but who want to use it for more sophisticated content such as streaming video and video on demand.”

Kasu promises that their coverage will be wider than traditional hotspot coverage, with a focus on providing almost blanket coverage in and around the venues they target.

MWEB will also use a simple one-time registration and authentication process, Kasu said.

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