The Ruckus SmartCell range includes two products: a multi-radio access point - the SmartCell 8800 / 8870, and a Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) edge services platform - the SmartCell 200 gateway.
The Ruckus small cell products feature a card slot for a 3G/UMTS card or for an LTE card, with 5GHz backhaul.
By collocating Wi-Fi access points with LTE small cells, Ruckus believe that operators can save on cost and complexity, share site-leasing agreements and Wi-Fi backhaul - both to add capacity and to offload traffic from the 3G/4G network.
SmartCell integrates with existing 3GPP and LTE macro infrastructure and includes authentication through IEEE 802.1x, as well as billing and service provisioning software. SmartCell uses self-organising network (SON) principles to backhaul potentially a large amount of traffic from small cells, even with little to no line-of-site path in the backhaul link.
An SCG-200 cluster can support tens of thousands of Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi APs and millions of concurrent Wi-Fi subscribers, with an aggregate throughput of 1, 10 or 20Gbps per 2U of rack space.
The SCG’s carrier-class element management system (EMS) can be integrated into an operator’s central NMS via standard data exchange interfaces, providing feature-rich management of access points, such as RF management, load balancing, adaptive meshing and backhaul optimization.
Supporting a variety of client authentication methods such as 802.1x EAP-SIM/AKA, MAC address, and WISPr-based captive portal, the SCG-200 enables myriad hotspot and mobile Internet service models such as free, usage-based, ad-based, premium and wholesale services.
It supports multiple offload architecture options, such as the standard 3GPP I-WLAN approach based on IPsec and IKEv2, an innovative approach to PDG/TTG functionality based on 802.1x, GRE, and GTP (v1 and v2) as well as PMIP support. Traffic can be forwarded via:
Subscribers no longer need to sign on explicitly every time they access hotspot services.
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