KDDI to roll out 100,000 hotspots to handle cellular traffic

1 Jul 2011

Japan’s second largest telecoms group KDDI Corp is looking to deploy a Wi-Fi network with more than 100,000 hotspots, IDG News reports. The new hotspots will allow smartphone users to connect seamlessly for data-based services, in the process offloading traffic from the operator’s mobile network. KDDI has contracted Ruckus Wireless to supply equipment, with the vendor already having installed 10,000 access points, it said. The fast pace of the deployment is in part the result of a decision to use WiMAX technology for backhaul traffic. By June next year Ruckus hopes to have deployed more than 100,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, and details of the project will be published next Tuesday. KDDI cellular subscribers on flat-rate tariff plans will automatically connect to the nearest hotspot rather than the mobile network, Ruckus added, although they will need to download a piece of software via KDDI’s website from their phone to do so.

Japan, KDDI (au)