Arris announced a centrally managed Wi-Fi "hot zone" system to let cable operators offer indoor and outdoor wireless services.
The vendor's Rapid Launch Hot Zone System is anchored by the Arris C3 cable-modem termination system, and includes technology and components from two partners: BelAir Networks's Wi-Fi access points and SolutionInc Ltd.'s hot-spot connectivity, authentication, billing and messaging platform.
Arris is claiming the system can be deployed quickly and pay back on the initial investment within three months.
"Wi-Fi continues to grow worldwide, from coffee houses to college campuses and RV parks," Arris vice president of marketing and business development Tom Williams said in a statement. "Our hot zone system enables technology from three great companies to help our customers rapidly increase revenue and decrease churn."
Arris plans to demonstrate the Rapid Launch Hot Zone System this week at its booth at Cable Show '09. The base configuration can accommodate up to 2,500 simultaneous users, 16 Wi-Fi service-set identifiers (SSIDs) and eight virtual access points with individual service-level configurability.
Cablevision Systems is the largest MSO that has launched outdoor Wi-Fi on a broad scale, covering high-traffic portions of its footprint in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The Optimum Wi-Fi service is available for no extra charge to broadband customers.
Comcast is teaming with Cablevision in New Jersey on the Wi-Fi service to offer the service to its subscribers.