Sri Lanka's national ICT solutions provider, Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), has deployed Ruckus Smart WiFi products and technology across the Indian island nation with the help of Ruckus' channel partner Alepo.
According to Ruckus, SLT is combining its Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor and outdoor access points (APs), centrally managed with the Ruckus SmartCell Gateway (SCG), with Alepo BSS/OSS software infrastructure to help create a seamless, high-performance Ruckus Smart WiFi network.
SLT said that it chose to deploy the Ruckus/Alepo WiFi solution in order to bolster its Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) data service offerings with a nationwide network of WiFi hotspots.
With this deployment, SLT is able to provide WiFi access to existing postpaid ADSL customers, as well as prepaid casual or one-time customers. The solution also makes it easy for SLT to accurately manage the company's wholesale partners and WiFi offload mobile partners.
"With our extensive country-wide fibre optic network, we're able to provide the end-to-end infrastructure required, delivering carrier-grade WiFi to business locations as well as crowd-sourcing public places," said Dileepa Wijesundera, Group CEO at SLT. "We are aiming to adopt an aggressive expansion strategy for this solution, and already have a pipeline of additional retail sites that we will be launching very soon."
"Together, Alepo and Ruckus have delivered a robust and proven WiFi solution that will enable SLT to aggressively expand our WiFi footprint and to capitalise on the high demand for fast wireless broadband services nationwide," he added.
As service providers worldwide are looking to deploy WiFi networks based on Hotspot 2.0, Release 2, Alepo and Ruckus are also demonstrating how service providers can leverage their existing infrastructure to maximise the potential of seamless and secure WiFi offload and integration with their existing cellular networks, and the monetisation opportunities it can offer.
"As the wealth and diversity of connected devices explodes, which now includes wearable devices, vehicles, and even home appliances - service providers demand more sophisticated and seamless infrastructure to manage and monetise data over WiFi," said Dan Stern, VP of Sales at Alepo. "Through our collaborative partnership with Ruckus, we are giving service providers the most complete and proven WiFi solutions for increasing revenue, customer experience, and network performance."
According to SLT, it plans to readily expand into new wireless services and markets, and launch multiple, profitable offerings, including single-use prepaid service, bundled subscriptions for existing broadband customers, automated offload for mobile users, as well as partnerships with external providers for roaming and wholesale.
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