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Ruckus Wireless partners with Sprint, U.S. operator to deploy Smart Wifi for enterprise

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 6, 2013 Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) today announced that it is teaming with Sprint’s (NY SE: S) Custom Network Solutions (CNS) group to deliver enterprise, public sector and federal customers nationwide its Smart Wi-Fi products and services as part of Sprint CNS’s in-building wireless data solutions portfolio.

Sprint CNS is expanding its suite of in-building mobile solutions with the full complement of Ruckus indoor and outdoor Smart Wi-Fi products. Sprint’s Custom Network Solutions integrate all the hardware, software, network transport and professional integration services needed to improve in-building coverage and capacity for small, medium and large business customers.

Working together to initially tailor Custom Network Solutions to five key vertical markets – hospitality, education, healthcare, retail and warehousing – Sprint CNS and Ruckus have already begun providing managed Wi-Fi services to organizations such as the Tri-Rivers Career Center (Marion, Ohio) and the Dolton School District (Dolton, Ill.).

Mike Wellin , Technology Director-Tri-Rivers Career Center, has been heavily involved in the installation and launch of the technology that began three months ago.

“We plan to expand the Ruckus footprint in our facility,” said Wellin. “The performance of the equipment is fantastic, and Sprint is a great ally. Its skills were key to the project’s success – that’s what separated Sprint from its competitors. The Sprint installation team is professional and efficient and this collaboration is exactly what Tri-Rivers will need as we continue to expand.”

With Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi, Sprint CNS customers can expect greater user productivity in-building through more reliable wireless connectivity, stronger signals and extended Wi-Fi coverage. The combined solution is ideal for challenging environments that experience erratic interference, high client densities and constant user mobility.

“With Ruckus, we’re expanding our in-building wireless portfolio in CNS with proven carrier-class Wi-Fi technology at a time when reliable wireless connectivity has never been more important,” said Tim Donahue , vice president-Solutions and International Sales, Sprint. “Given the unprecedented importance that Wi-Fi now plays in a heterogeneous network topology, we want to give our enterprise and public sector customers the best possible wireless data experience in-building with products and technology purpose-built to deliver reliable, carrier-grade wireless performance.”

Sprint CNS and Ruckus will help meet growing customer requirements for higher capacity, managed Wi-Fi solutions that support the explosion of smart devices connecting to enterprise networks. The combined solution integrates best-in-class, carrier-grade Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi with Sprint CNS’s in-building network capabilities in RF mitigation, deployment practices and on-going project management and professional services. As part of the relationship, Sprint CNS will deliver Ruckus products globally to meet customer demands for increased capacity and mobility.

“Like Sprint, we see carrier-grade Smart Wi-Fi as an essential tool in today’s managed services arsenal,” said Selina Lo , president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless. “The combination of Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi products and technology with Sprint’s long-standing success in delivering high-quality wireless services is a compelling proposition for any enterprise looking to reduce costs and simplify their network service environment.”

Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi was developed for high-capacity, carrier-grade deployments. Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi access points uniquely integrate patented technology to focus, steer and extend Wi-Fi signals only where service is needed. This enables greater numbers of concurrent users and increases the reliability and range of Wi-Fi communications by allowing the system to constantly adapt to environmental changes.

Sprint CNS is a leader in providing enhanced in-building and campus-wide network consulting, integration and fixed mobile convergence solutions. Sprint designs, deploys and maintains wireless networks and mobility solutions that deliver the productivity and efficiency of voice and data communications to virtually anywhere a business and its employees need them. Sprint CNS offers 24/7 technical support and manages all stages of the customer-deployment process, from the initial requirements assessment through installation and deployment with consultant-grade methods, procedures and tools.

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 55 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company.

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market. The company offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor “Smart Wi-Fi products to mobile carriers, broadband service providers, and corporate enterprises, and has approximately 24,400 end-customers worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and coverage challenges caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic on wireless networks due to accelerated adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Ruckus invented and has patented state-of-the-art wireless voice, video, and data technology innovations, such as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal range, increase client data rates, and avoid interference, ensuring consistent and reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi.

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