ARRIS is introducing a centrally-managed Wi-Fi hot zone system designed to be deployed quickly with payback on investment in as few as three months. Named Rapid Launch Hot Zone System, the solution is intended to allow cable operators to grow commercial market share by offering managed indoor and outdoor hot zone services to businesses and reduce churn by offering subscribers mobile accessibility to their MSO-branded high speed data services.

The system is an integration of technology and components from three companies: ARRIS, BelAir Networks, and SolutionInc Limited. The base configuration is anchored by a CableLabs DOCSIS 2.0 qualified ARRIS C3 CMTS; however, additional C3 devices are not required if the service provider has ample existing CMTS capacity. An Enterprise Hot Spot Management System from SolutionInc Limited provides centrally managed hot spot connectivity, authentication, billing and messaging capabilities; and Wireless Access Points from BelAir Networks provide Wi-Fi access coverage as stand-alone or networked devices.

The base configuration is designed to accommodate up to 2,500 simultaneous users, 16 SSIDs (Service Set identifiers), and eight virtual access points with individual service level configurability. The system is designed for virtually unlimited scalability by adding radios, enterprise servers, and CMTS capacity.

ARRIS will demonstrate the system in booth 1121 at The Cable Show this week.

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