According to FierceBroadband Wireless, KDDI has announced a multi million-dollar agreement to deploy more than 10,000 Ruckus Wi-Fi access points, initially in more than 7,000 venues throughout Japan, designed to enable 3G CDMA Android phone users to automatically access and be authenticated to KDDI Wi-Fi hotspots. By March 2012, KDDI plans to offer Wi-Fi in 100,000 locations, rising to 120,000 locations by June. KDDI’s service offering is called ‘au Wi-Fi Spot,’ and the initial focus is offloading data traffic indoors. KDDI is leveraging its national WiMAX network to backhaul the data traffic from each hotspot to KDDI’s mobile network core. Each Ruckus ZoneFlex Wi-Fi access point connects wirelessly to KDDI’s WiMAX infrastructure to speed up deployment times.
David Callisch, vice president of marketing with Ruckus Wireless, said KDDI is striking deals with retailers and other venue owners to install access points with WiMAX routers to create the hotspots. ‘The goal was to get a massive footprint as quickly as possible and at the lowest possible cost,’ Callisch told FierceBroadbandWireless. ‘The strategy is to tie it in with the existing core network and extend policies to any kind of traffic.’