Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) and Globalstar, Inc. (OTC: GSAT) have announced the successful results of new Wi-Fi testing that used a combination of unlicensed spectrum in the Industrial Scientific Medical (ISM) band and Globalstar´s licensed Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) spectrum.
ISM radio bands, where most all public Wi-Fi traffic operates, are portions of the radio spectrum that have been reserved internationally for the use of radio frequency (RF) energy for purposes other than communications.
All tests were performed within the 2.4 GHz band, using carrier-grade Smart Wi-Fi equipment manufactured by Ruckus Wireless, and existing smartphones that were enabled to operate over the new channel via a remote firmware upgrade. This new testing provides compelling proof of how quickly and dramatically Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS) can expand the nation´s wireless capacity to address the looming exhaustion of existing Wi-Fi spectrum.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently freeing up satellite spectrum for terrestrial mobile broadband services to meet the ambitious goals of the National Broadband Plan. Former FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has identified the “Wi-Fi Traffic Jam” as a critical problem that should be solved, saying: “As consumer adoption of wireless devices continues to soar, Wi-Fi congestion is becoming a critical problem for consumers and innovators.”
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market. For more information, visit http://www.ruckuswireless.com.