SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed a sponsorship agreement with Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) that will provide a free, public Smart Wi-Fi network for fans attending games at the team’s new stadium.
Ruckus Wireless will design and deploy the state-of-the-art Smart Wi-Fi network at the club’s new 18,000-seat venue on Coleman Ave., which is scheduled to open in 2015. The network will include over 150 Ruckus ZoneFlex™ access points (APs) to provide fans with a high-quality Wi-Fi experience throughout the stadium grounds.
“This is an exciting project that our fans can look forward to utilizing at our new stadium,” said Earthquakes president Dave Kaval. “We want our stadium to reflect our community, and technological innovation is a key component of Silicon Valley. Ruckus Wireless is a great fit because of their local roots and experience working not just with Silicon Valley Wi-Fi network deployments, but with these types of deployments around the world.”
Ruckus Wireless has pioneered the development and delivery of Smart Wi-Fi technology. Using patented adaptive antenna technology (BeamFlex™), Ruckus access points are able to dynamically adapt to the ever-changing RF environment and ensure an optimal Wi-Fi signal to every connected device, such as smartphones and tablets.
To address the many challenges in delivering reliable Wi-Fi in stadiums, Ruckus has developed stadium-specific technologies that ensure consistent connectivity and high performance in such high-density environments.
“We love being able to ‘cause a Ruckus’ with San Jose Earthquakes fans, and hope they’re looking forward to this partnership as much as we are,” said Rob Mustarde, VP of Marketing at Ruckus Wireless. “Today we have a significant and growing number of stadium deployments both within the MLS and at other famous sports arenas all over the world, including two of Brazil’s largest soccer stadiums, which will be hosting FIFA World Cup matches in 2014. We look forward to completing this exciting project with the Earthquakes and having a state of the art Smart Wi-Fi network ready for action by the start of their new season.”
The Earthquakes’ new stadium adds to the long, growing and impressive list of other Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi high-density stadium and arena deployments around the world, including: Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC; Chennai Stadium, a 50,000-seat facility in India; Rio Tinto Stadium, a 28,000-seat venue in Salt Lake City, UT; Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany; the National Stadium of Lima, Peru, and two of Brazil’s largest soccer stadiums, both of which will be hosting FIFA World Cup matches in 2014—the Estádio Nacional de Brasília, a 71,000-seat stadium in Brasília, and Arena Octávio Mangabeira (also known as Arena Fonte Nova), a 50,433-seat stadium in Salvador.
On a local basis, Ruckus Wireless has recently helped deploy the “Wickedly Fast Wi-Fi” free, public outdoor network for the City of San Jose, and a new, free public outdoor Wi-Fi service for the City and County of San Francisco up and down the world-famous Market Street corridor, ‘San_Francisco_Free_WiFi.’ Sunnyvale-based Ruckus Wireless was co-founded by William Kish and Victor Shtrom in 2004.
ABOUT RUCKUS WIRELESS
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market. The company offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor “Smart Wi-Fi” products to mobile carriers, broadband service providers, and corporate enterprises, and has over 33,000 end-customers worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and coverage challenges caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic on wireless networks due to accelerated adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Ruckus invented and has patented state-of-the-art wireless voice, video, and data technology innovations, such as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal range, increase client data rates, and avoid interference, providing consistent and reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. For more information, visit http://www.ruckuswireless.com.
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