Arris’ Ruckus Partners with American Tower for CBRS Deployment at ISM Raceway

Arris-owned Ruckus Networks said it has partnered with American Tower for what it is billing as the first commercial deployment of a private LTE network built around the CBRS spectrum.

The two tech vendors have established the network at the newly renovated ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. The the LTE network will use frequency consigned to the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, in the range of 3.5 GHz to 3.7 GHz, previously utilized on a limited basis by the U.S. Navy and a few other government entities.

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ISM Raceway, which has undergone a $178 million renovation, will utilizes Ruckus Q710 and Q910 LTE access points. Systems integrator American Tower also used Ruckus T310 tiers and T610 series outdoor 802.11ac access points in the network.

"Arris excels in providing world-class connectivity solutions to large public venues, and we are proud to add ISM Raceway to that list," said Tim O'Loughlin, president of U.S. sales and global marketing and customer operations for Arris, in a statement. "With our Ruckus products on-site, NASCAR fans will have better connectivity to upload and download content like videos, photos and apps -- or engage on social media -- allowing them to be just as fast as their favorite driver out on the race track.”

Arris, which agreed to be purchased by CommScope last week for $7.4 billion, is aggressively seeking deployment of CBRS with operators serving enterprise customers such as shipyards, airports and sports venues. Arris says it can offer their low-cost, private LTE networks that are more reliable than WiFi.

“We and other companies can deliver that to you today,” said Arris CPE division chief Charles Cheevers last month at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

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