As traction mounts for commercial deployments utilizing the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band, Arris’ Ruckus Networks and American Tower have lit up a private LTE network at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix.
The network debut coincided with ISM Raceway’s opening weekend, which started Nov. 9. The effort was meant to handle fans’ mobile data needs and improve race-day communications to the event’s partners and employees.
American Tower deployed the Federated Wireless Spectrum and Ruckus’ Q710 and Q910 LTE Access Points, as well as the Ruckus T310 series and T610 series outdoor 802.11ac APs.
“With our Ruckus products on-site, NASCAR fans will have better connectivity to upload and download content like videos, photos and apps―or engage on social media―allowing them to be just as fast as their favorite driver out on the race track,” said Tim O’Loughlin, president of U.S. Sales, Global Marketing, and Customer Operations at Arris, in a statement.
Last week, CommScope announced plans to acquire Arris for about $7.4 billion, which the telecom industry vendor said would help to capitalize on trends like network convergence and the arrival of 5G.
Both Arris and CommScope have been making headway in CBRS, with the former securing the first FCC CBRS certification for its indoor and outdoor LTE Access Points.
“CommScope and Arris have complementary products that address these diverse sets of service providers. As an example, Arris has developed CBRS access points that will appeal to wireless and cable operators and CommScope is developing a SAS (Spectrum Access System) that enables the functionality of those access points,” BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk noted in an Oct. 25 post to investors.