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Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi Bridges Digital Divide In Mongolia, Delivering Affordable, High-Speed Wireless Broadband

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) today announced that Nomsys LLC, an Internet service provider based in Mongolia, has selected Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi products and technology to create the largest Wi-Fi access network in Mongolia's capital city of Ulaanbaatar.


The large-scale Wi-Fi network, known as the Community Involved Nomad Wi-Fi project, is currently being deployed by Nomsys throughout Ulaanbaatar, bringing Wi-Fi service to consumers and businesses via hundreds of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the rural countryside where 70% of the city's one million residents live.  

The goal of the Nomad Wi-Fi project is to make Wi-Fi access easy and ubiquitous within underdeveloped rural areas of the city's capital, for people who barely have essentials others take for granted, such as electricity, within their tents and houses. To build out its network footprint with wireless points of presence, Nomsys is deploying Ruckus indoor and outdoor access points (APs) in the city's suburbs as well as providing free Wi-Fi access points to select families that will, in turn, use that device to provide paid wireless access to others within a given area.

Delivering Broadband Wireless Access in Mongolia

Limited fixed line cabling coupled with erratic cellular coverage and performance has made it nearly impossible to provide reliable electronic communication in places such as Mongolia. Because Mongolia is sparsely populated and a significant portion of the population still lives a nomadic lifestyle, it has been extremely difficult for many traditional information technologies to make headway into Mongolian society. Wireless technologies have had greater success and are becoming increasingly common, even in rural areas. 

According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), penetration of fixed line broadband reached 2.6 inhabitants per capita within Mongolia. Wi-Fi is a key technology that is helping Mongolia increase accessibility to telecommunications and bypass fixed line infrastructure. 

Given its economical appeal and the growth of wireless-enabled handheld devices, Wi-Fi represents a major opportunity within Mongolia and other third world countries to quickly bring broadband access to millions of people of all societal status.

Over 250 indoor and outdoor Ruckus ZoneFlex access points are being installed by Nomsys to deliver high capacity, reliable Wi-Fi access to hundreds of thousands of people, a number that will continue to grow in the coming months, according to Nomsys Founder and CEO, Bat-Erdene Gankhuyag (G.Bat-Erdene), who was recently recognized in 2012 by the World Economic Forum for his efforts to close the digital divide between those who can afford access and those who cannot.

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