AzulStar selected Ruckus 802.11n Wi-Fi products because of their
patented adaptive antenna technology that uniquely enables higher speed,
higher capacity access. Unlike conventional 802.11 products that use
off-the-shelf antennas, Ruckus delivers 2 to 4x increases in signal
coverage and interference reduction within a secure, centrally managed
"We required a very high performance Wi-Fi system to extend our Fixed
WiMAX service to a broader market," said AzulStar Chairman & CEO Tyler
van Houwelingen. "In light of the growing number of consumers now using
Wi-Fi enabled devices like iPads and smartphones, consistent high-speed
wireless has become critical and is now a point of differentiation for
apartment complex owners."
AzulStar provides high-speed Wi-Fi broadband service to users up to
30Mbps (megabits per second) everywhere across MDUs, utilizing the
Ruckus ZoneFlex™ Smart 802.11n Wi-Fi system, combined with its own Fixed
WiMAX network for Internet uplink. AzulStar previously reviewed and
tested other Wi-Fi solutions and, unlike Ruckus, determined they
delivered less coverage and slower speeds with no improvement over
existing DSL or Cable implementations.
Ruckus Wireless, headquartered in Silicon Valley, was ranked the top
telecom company on the 2009 Inc. Magazine 500 list. The company has
invented and patented state-of-the-art adaptive beam-forming technology
that steers Wi-Fi signals around obstacles and interference.
"Tenants increasingly demand higher speed Internet that supports gaming,
video streaming and other types of bandwidth-intensive applications,"
explained van Houwelingen. "Together with Ruckus, we have overcome the
challenges posed by multi-unit residences and can service more customers
with the greater speed and reliability they require. Our Fixed WiMAX
backbone, combined with Ruckus smart Wi-Fi technology, delivers
exceptional broadband service for apartment tenants and owners alike."
AzulStar partnered with Grand Rapids, MI, property firm Eenhoorn, LLC to
deploy the wireless broadband service at The Lofts, Eenhoorn's apartment
complex in downtown Grand Rapids, earlier this spring. "Our residents
are plugged in and on the go 24/7," said Eenhoorn CEO Paul Heule. "They
expect hassle-free, dependable access to the Web. Selecting AzulStar as
our supplier was an obvious choice given their superb track record in
providing reliable and affordable wireless broadband."
AzulStar shares revenues from its service with MDU owners/managers and
provides a complete end-to-end solution, including Internet feed, Wi-Fi
network installation, and ongoing managed services including
around-the-clock network operations/maintenance, customer support and
on-rent or credit card billing. AzulStar manages all networks from its
centralized Network Operations Center, including detailed reporting on
connectivity, bandwidth usage, performance, accounting and a host of
other network attributes.
AzulStar already has implemented its combined Wi-Fi/WiMAX broadband
service in apartment complexes in West Michigan, and plans to introduce
the service to an additional 100 MDUs in the Midwest and Southwest U.S.
over the next few years.
About AzulStar, Inc.
Established in 2003, AzulStar, Inc. is a privately held provider of 4G
wireless Internet and communications services to commercial and
government customers. Leveraging open standards wireless technology and
an all IP wireless architecture, AzulStar delivers unprecedented levels
of broadband performance and reliability. AzulStar has pioneered the
market for wireless broadband access and won awards for the company's
innovation and service quality. With carrier-class networks in the top
markets of Michigan and New Mexico, AzulStar offers a variety of high
value services including high-speed Internet Access, managed wireless
networking and intelligent transportation. www.azulstar.com
About Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ruckus Wireless is supplier of advanced
wireless systems for the mobile Internetworking market. The company
markets and manufactures a wide range of indoor and outdoor "Smart
Wi-Fi" products for mobile operators, broadband service providers and
corporate enterprises around the world. Ranked as the top telecom
company in the 2009 Inc. Magazine 500 list and named a World Economic
Forum Technology Pioneer, Ruckus Wireless has realized dramatic growth.
The company has shipped over 2 million Smart Wi-Fi systems around the
world and has raised $51 million in private funding.