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Ruckus Introduces Wi-Fi Access Point for Citizens Broadband Radio Service

Ruckus Networks’ newly introduced R730 Wi-Fi access point enables existing APs to provide LTE service

WASHINGTON — The Citizens Broadband Radio Service structure was originally designed by the FCC to enable non-traditional entities to build their own LTE networks as opposed to relying on wireless carriers. Its rules are still not finalized. (We’ve previously covered the CBRS, including this article.)

Ruckus Networks’ newly introduced R730 Wi-Fi access point accommodates modular APs operating in the U.S. Citizens Broadband Radio Service 3.5 GHz band, enabling existing Wi-Fi APs to provide LTE service. “Using modular or stand-alone LTE APs, organizations will be able to build their own private LTE networks to improve the quality of indoor cellular service within their facilities,” according to this press release.

The company describes also describes the 730 as the industry’s first IoT- and LTE-ready 802.11ax access point. The new 802.11ax standard was designed for high-density connectivity, with the ability to support up to a four-fold capacity increase over its 802.11ac. With 802.11ax, multiple APs used in dense device environments are collectively able to deliver required quality-of-service (QoS) to more clients with more diverse usage profiles due to the use of orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) and multi-user multiple-in multiple-out (MU-MIMO) technologies. By using these new capabilities, the company says the R730 will deliver peak data rates of up to 4.8 Gbps.