The PCM Cloud Wireless Service includes access point hardware, software capabilities, implementation and day-to-day management for one price, with optional hardware upgrades at contract renewal.
The two companies said they are also exploring a model that to re-sell the Cloud Wireless Service from PCM.
“Through our partnership, we have not only eliminated the complexity associated with traditional wireless services, but also simplified deployment, reduced costs, eliminated day-to-day management and ensured 24/7 security,” said Chris Crowell, Enterasys’ president and CEO.
Enterasys Networks, which is a Siemens Enterprise Communications Company, is in the process of being acquired by Extreme Networks. That transaction is expected to close this quarter.
Enterasys supplied its IdentiFi technology and OneFabric Control Center management for Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, with a seating capacity of 69,000. Wi-Fi is available across the entire Lincoln Financial Field complex, including the seating areas, club level, suites, press box, locker rooms and concourse.
AT&T is not just a distributor of the Pac12 games on AT&T’s U-verse network, it’s an infrastructure partner for the Pac-12, as well. AT&T recently upgraded its 4G LTE Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Once the Pac-12 gets DAS, it will build WiFi infrastructure upgrades.
AT&T plans to add more than 1,000 Distributed Antenna System across the country by the end of 2015, along with 10,000 macro cells sites and more than 40,000 small cells. Fans at every stadium in the conference will soon get scores, instant replay to other games, Pac-12 Network halftime shows, and apps showing the lines for concessions and restrooms.
Traffic from wireless and mobile devices will exceed traffic from wired devices by 2016, according to Cisco. By 2017, wired devices will account for 45 percent of IP traffic, while Wi-Fi and mobile devices will account for 55 percent of IP traffic. Globally, consumer Internet video traffic will be 69 percent of all consumer Internet traffic in 2017.
Cloud control of WiFi hotspots, rather than by locally networked controllers or embedded controllers inside access points is becoming more popular. Cloud-based software allows easy management and control of thousands of hotspots for pennies a day.
Cloud Control Firmware is available from companies like Tanaza, PowerCloud Systems, Meraki, Cloud4Wi, Cisco and others. CarrierWrt says they are an OpenWrt overlay that simplifies development of commercial products. It comes with commercial software from leading vendors that is pre-integrated.
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