Ruckus Wireless and Globalstar Complete First Testing of Unused RF Spectrum to
Address Growing Wi-Fi Traffic Jam
The Combination of Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS) with Smart Wi-Fi Shows
up to 5X Distance and up to 4X Capacity Increase Over Traditional Wi-Fi with
No Impact on Surrounding Public Wi-Fi Networks
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 10, 2013
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE:
RKUS) and Globalstar, Inc., (OTCBB: GSAT) today announced the successful
results of new Wi-Fi testing that used a combination of unlicensed spectrum in
the Industrial Scientific Medical (ISM) band and Globalstar's licensed Mobile
Satellite Services (MSS) spectrum. ISM radio bands, where most all public
Wi-Fi traffic operates,are portions of theradio spectrum that have been
reserved internationally for the use ofradio frequency(RF) energy for
purposes other than communications.
All tests were performed within the 2.4 GHz band, using carrier-grade Smart
Wi-Fi equipment manufactured by Ruckus Wireless, and existing smartphones that
were enabled to operate over the new channel via a remote firmware upgrade.
This new testing provides compelling proof of how quickly and dramatically
Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS) can expand the nation's wireless capacity
to address the looming exhaustion of existing Wi-Fi spectrum.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently freeing up satellite
spectrum for terrestrial mobile broadband services to meet the ambitious goals
of the National Broadband Plan. Former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has
identified the "Wi-Fi Traffic Jam" as a critical problem that should be
solved, saying: "As consumer adoption of wireless devices continues to soar,
Wi-Fi congestion is becoming a critical problem for consumers and innovators."
"There's an insatiable demand for wireless capacity, whether in the licensed
or unlicensed band," said Bart Burstein, Senior VP of Field Operations and
Business Development for Ruckus Wireless. "The technical advances we have made
in managing Wi-Fi signals to maximize performance enable us to support
industry efforts, like those of Globalstar, to creatively help solve the
wireless capacity crunch."
What is Terrestrial Low Power Service?
Globalstar's Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS) has been proposed to the FCC
as a new 802.11-based service in the 2.4 GHz band that enables a privately
managed extension to the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band using adjacent licensed spectrum
to support mobile broadband applications throughout the United States.
TLPS is expected to be a licensed service that is readily compatible with
existing 802.11-compliant Wi-Fi devices, offering data speeds and distances
that are far superior to those currently existing on public Wi-Fi channels.
TLPS represents an opportunity for suppliers of carrier-grade access points
capable of supporting channel 14 within the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi frequency band to
help eliminate the "critical problem" that former Chairman Genachowski
identified. TLPS will be part of a Globalstar's managed services offering,
coordinated with its satellite services, and will utilize custom,
carrier-grade access points to provide substantial 'Wi-Fi offload' capacity
and a superior end user experience.
The Wi-Fi/TLPS testing, performed by Jarvinian, showed that combining
Globalstar's unlicensed ISM bands with 802.11-compliant, adaptive antenna
array technology from Ruckus results in a carrier-grade service that vastly
exceeds the performance of conventional public Wi-Fi. According to Jarvinian,
Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi technology helped to significantly increase Wi-Fi
performance and signal range within the managed channel (14) while providing a
better method of managing co-channel interference between access points.
"We appreciate the work of the Federal Communications Commission's Office of
Engineering and Technology in issuing the experimental licenses that we needed
to test and prove the tremendous potential that this service holds for a
mobile-driven public," said Jay Monroe, chairman and CEO of Globalstar. "The
testing builds a robust measurable technical foundation for discussions with
prospective equipment providers and service partners."
Ruckus Wireless played a key role in the success of the experiment. "The
combination of the Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi equipment and TLPS exceeded expectations
for distance and capacity while not interfering or degrading the existing
traffic on traditional Wi-Fi channels," said John Dooley, managing partner and
founder of Jarvinian. "Even in an indoor urban environment made difficult or
otherwise unusable by spectral congestion, usable connections were established
at 3-5x the distance of public Wi-Fi. More critically, very high-speed
connections were maintained much more uniformly and over significantly longer
For more information on the Wi-Fi/TLPS testing, please visit:
ABOUT RUCKUS WIRELESS
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) is a global
supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile
Internet infrastructure market. The company offers a wide range of indoor and
outdoor "Smart Wi-Fi"products to mobile carriers, broadband service
providers, and corporate enterprises, and has approximately 24,400
end-customers worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and
coverage challenges caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic on
wireless networks due to accelerated adoption of mobile devices such as
smartphones and tablets. Ruckus invented and has patented state-of-the-art
wireless voice, video, and data technology innovations, such as adaptive
antenna arrays that extend signal range, increase client data rates, and avoid
interference, providing consistent and reliable distribution of
delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi.
For more information, visit http://www.ruckuswireless.com.
Ruckus, and Ruckus Wireless are trademarks of Ruckus Wireless, Inc. in the
United States and other countries. All other product or company names may be
trademarks of their respective owners.
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