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Ruckus buy-out ends period of uncertainty

Arris’ acquisition of Ruckus Wireless will bring an end to a period of uncertainty; that’s the hope expressed by partners of the orphaned wireless LAN vendor.

The communication technology company yesterday revealed that it had put up $800 million (£641.5 million) to purchase Ruckus and Brocade’s ICX Switch business in a move that will see Arris enter the education, public venue, enterprise, hospitality and MDU sectors.

Brocade bought Ruckus for $1.5 billion in April 2016, before Brocade itself was purchased by Broadcom, who intended to divest Ruckus and Brocade's networking business before the deal closed.

Arris has already confirmed that it will set up a dedicated business unit within Ruckus, focussing on wireless networking and wired switching technology to be headed by current Ruckus COO Dan Rabinovitsj.

Fresh start

Speaking to, Murray Pearce, UK MD of Ruckus distributor Infinigate, said the switching of ownership in the intervening months had not been helpful for the channel, but was optimistic that Ruckus would now be run as a separate unit.

“We were obviously aware the intention was to sell the network edge business, so the sooner that happened the better for the channel,” he told

“What people don't like is uncertainty. Now we can look at the new owner and look at their intentions and plans.

“The first thing to say is that the business has not gone to a company that is incompatible with our business and the channel. They have reiterated to us the importance of the channel.”

Mark Bartley, CTO of Ruckus Alpha Dog partner Haptic Networks, shared this kind of optimism.

“We are pleased that some of the uncertainty regarding ongoing ownership has been resolved, and that a clear path for the future has now been outlined,” he said. “We are confident that the impact of the takeover will be minimal.”

Research from the Information Data Corporation last year placed Ruckus as the third largest wireless LAN vendor globally after Cisco and HPE-Aruba, with a 6.7 per cent market share.

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