Largest Airport in Kansai Area to Provide Free Public Wi-Fi Service to 19 Million Users
Last May 12, 2015, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. has announced that Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi products and technology have been chosen by Kansai International Airport (KIX) to provide free public Wi-Fi service for international travelers. KIX has deployed over 100 Ruckus ZoneFlex™ dual-band indoor access points (APs), centrally managed using two Ruckus ZoneDirector™ 3000 Series Smart Wireless LAN (WLAN) controllers, to effectively cover high-density public areas throughout the airport where travelers gather. The new Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi network at KIX serves more than 50,000 travelers every day.
Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi exceeded our expectations. It covers a much broader range and provides more connectivity to much more devices than the old Wi-Fi network. When comparing it with other vendors’ offerings, Ruckus provided the same coverage and was able to connect more clients using up to 30 percent fewer access points. Ruckus client balancing capabilities can intelligently steer client devices to connect with other access points nearby, when access points reach a pre-defined capacity usage. This helps us to inject more capacity by adding more APs and spread the connecting clients across access points within range.
KIX connects Japan’s Kansai region to the rest of the world through an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay. It handled more than 140,000 planes and over 19 million travelers in 2013.
Tablet and smartphone adoption in Japan have been undergoing explosive growth. Tablet ownership is expected to grow by 164 percent, from 7.13 million in 2013 to 11.7 million in 2016 (per ICT Research & Consulting data, 2014), and smartphone subscribership is expected to exceed 100 million in 2019 (per MM Research Institute data, 2014). Also, usage of Wi-Fi is growing as consumers are accessing more multi-media content, and as more applications are transitioning to the cloud.
We are very satisfied with our wireless network, built using Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi.
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