Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, is joining Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi Certified ecosystem, a programme that allows access point manufacturers to build Wi-Fi hardware compatible with Express Wi-Fi.
Operators will deploy the Ruckus virtual SmartZone controllers and certified in with door and outdoor Wi-Fi access points in high-traffic public areas in Africa.
“We are committed to providing connectivity to people in the most remote areas of the world,” said Ian Whiting, President, Ruckus Networks.
“We are excited to be a partner in Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi Certified program which is another important step in bridging the digital divide, giving individuals access to high-performance Wi-Fi networks. Ruckus strives to connect the unconnected and we look forward to an ongoing partnership with Facebook.”
Express Wi-Fi is a solution to help operators and local entrepreneurs offer fast and affordable Internet access in public spaces. Express Wi-Fi seeks to help operators provide Internet to those who don’t have reliable or affordable access, while at the same time enabling local entrepreneurs to build a business of their own.
“We’re excited to launch the Express Wi-Fi Certified program and have Ruckus as one of our initial partners,” said Guy Mordecai, Product Lead for Express Wi-Fi, Facebook.
“With this program, we hope to expand the Express Wi-Fi ecosystem and work with partners like Ruckus to help bring affordable Wi-Fi solutions to emerging markets.”