Aruba HybridControl Carrier-scale Wi-Fi for Cellular Offload and Managed Services
With the rapidly emerging demand for hybrid offload and managed services, a new requirement has emerged for the unique combination of massive scale and enterprise-class capabilities across security, management, quality-of-service (QoS) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) management.
Aruba’s new HybridControl architecture enables service providers to offer private Wi-Fi for managed services and public Wi-Fi for cellular offload to tens of thousands of locations while significantly reducing the cost, footprint and power requirements. It’s designed to address the most critical requirements for network operators– scale, security, robust RF performance, visibility and control, and integration with the core for unified policy management.
- Carrier-scale Wi-Fi – Aruba controller-less Instant access points at each site reduce core bandwidth needs by offloading traffic locally to the Internet, while intelligently centralizing important traffic, such as billing, legal intercept and managed applications to 7200 Series Mobility Controllers deployed in the core to deliver massive scale for Wi-Fi deployments.
- Value-added services for Wi-Fi monetization – With Aruba HybridControl, Aruba provides rich contextual information about user, device, applications and location to external analytics engines that can be leveraged to deliver value added services. The same contextual information is applied to optimize the air and deliver application-centric security, visibility and control for business-oriented, managed services traffic.
- Accelerated deployment and provisioning – Aruba HybridControl significantly reduces the deployments costs for Wi-Fi hotspots by up to 75 percent by offering zero-touch activation for factory default access points without requiring any manual pre-provisioning.
“Aruba’s wireless infrastructure was the only solution we evaluated that met the exacting requirements of this innovative new service offering. Their robust, reliable and easy to manage WLAN solutions meet our needs as well as those of our managed services customers.”
NTTBP President Tadao Kobayashi
NTT BroadbandPlatform, Inc.
NTT BroadbandPlatform, Inc. (NTTBP) deploys Aruba’s WLAN solution as the infrastructure for its high quality, groundbreaking “Wi-Fi Cloud Service.” The Wi-Fi Cloud Service powers Seven Spots, one of the largest Wi-Fi services in Japan provided by a retail company
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Mobily is the winning bidder for Saudi Arabia’s second GSM license, provides mobile telecom services nationwide and is the second largest mobile operator in Saudi Arabia. Mobily is undertaking a Hotspot 2.0 trial with Aruba Networks and aims to be the first operator in the Middle East to launch Hotspot 2.0-based services.
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BAA Heathrow Airport
Heathrow’s Terminal 5 is one of largest transportation hubs in Europe, handling over 30 million passengers a year. BAA turned to Aruba Networks to provide a reliable solution for terminal-wide wireless coverage and managed services to retail outlets, lounges and mobile carriers.
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In Aruba Instant™ mode, a single AP is dynamically elected the Virtual Controller, which automatically distributes the network configuration to other Instant APs. Cloud-based provisioning dramatically reduces deployment time by automating device provisioning, firmware upgrades and inventory management.
Service Providers can support more than 32,000 Wi-Fi hotspots with a single Aruba 7200 Mobility Controller acting as a services gateway while significantly reducing the cost, footprint and power requirements. Each hotspot can be deployed using multiple Aruba Instant access points, giving a single controller the ability to aggregate in excess of 100,000 access points.
AirWave is the only multivendor network management software that manages everything affecting service quality – the RF environment, controllers, wired infrastructure and access points. With tools to improve operations and manage RF security, such as user location and mapping, real-time monitoring, proactive alerts, historical reporting, and troubleshooting, network operations is greatly simplified.