Ruckus Wireless announced today that it will provide the Wi-Fi services at the Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 17-27, 2013, in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, with an estimated 45,000 patrons over the event’s 10-day run.
The entire Wi-Fi network across all Festival venues includes 100 Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor and outdoor access points (APs), comprised of: 66 ZoneFlex 7962 and 14 ZoneFlex 7363 802.11n dual-band indoor APs; 18 ZoneFlex 7762 802.11n outdoor dual-band APs; two ZoneFlex 2741 outdoor 802.11g APs, and; two long-range ZoneFlex 7731 802.11n point-to-point bridges for backhaul. For some venues where Ethernet cabling doesn’t exist, the Festival will leverage Ruckus SmartMeshing Networking capabilities to enable wireless connectivity.
A new ZoneDirector 3100 wireless LAN (WLAN) controller with a 100 Mbps connection provides central management at Sundance Institute’s data center for all of the remote sites, eliminating the need to have individual, local controllers at each site.
They will tap into Park City’s fiber optic backbone as well as Comcast’s local fiber and coaxial network to backhaul the Wi-Fi network from each site. According to organizers, the Wi-Fi network is also essential for offloading capacity from local cellular networks to give users much faster and more ubiquitous wireless access.
Ruckus Wireless was selected by The Cloud, the UK’s largest public access Wi-Fi provider, to supply indoor WiFi, expanding its nationwide Wi-Fi network. The Cloud provides public Wi-Fi — for its subscribers.
Ovum estimates carrier Wi-Fi shipments grew 84 percent in 2012 from the previous year and will increase by an average of 34 percent per year through 2017. The strongest new growth driver is mobile operators deploying carrier Wi-Fi to offload a portion of their mobile data traffic.
In other news, the “6 strikes” anti-piracy scheme crafted by Hollywood and U.S. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) is due to be implemented in the next few weeks. The major ISPs in the U.S. have agreed to start issuing warnings to customers who use their services to pirate content over peer-to-peer networks. The Center For Copyright Information says after six warnings, ISPs will take punitive actions, which could include a slowing of network speeds (but never a total loss of service).
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