Ruckus Wireless, a specialist in next-generation smart Wi-Fi technology, today announced the appointment of John McGann, formerly BT account manager at Juniper Networks, to sales director for Northern Europe. Robert Ranson also joins the company as senior technical support engineer, bringing with him over twenty years experience at a range of companies, including Alteon WebSystems, Phoenix IT Services and Alcatel Data Networks. In addition, Edward Felmer has been appointed director of systems engineering, Northern Europe and joins Ruckus Wireless from Array Networks, where he was technical director for Northern Europe.
With the appointments, Ruckus Wireless has extended its European sales and technical operations, enabling the company to effectively support the increasing number of major service providers rolling out its MediaFlex system, as well as continue to grow business and strike new deals throughout the region. McGann, Ranson and Felmer will be based in the UK.
McGann will be responsible for developing and maintaining new service provider customers in Northern Europe. With over 20 years of sales experience, gained at companies including Juniper Networks, Unisphere Networks and Cicso Systems, he brings with him extensive knowledge of opening up and growing new customers. He will report to Mark Mitchell, VP sales, EMEA. Ranson's role will be to offer technical support to Ruckus' EMEA customers and resellers. He will report to Kyung Yi, vice president of customer advocacy for Ruckus Wireless. Felmer will look after systems engineering, working alongside McGann and reporting to Scott Reeves, technical director, EMEA.
"These three appointments represent an important stage of the development of our EMEA operations," said Selina Lo, CEO and president of Ruckus Wireless. "IPTV is already well established in this region, but we expect uptake to explode over the next year as more and more telecoms providers prepare to launch commercial services. With a stronger EMEA team, we'll be able to meet new customer demand, support existing customers, and ultimately bring location free TV to consumers across Europe."
Ruckus Wireless is currently engaged in trials with over 30 broadband providers throughout Europe and its technology is currently in deployment with major providers in Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland and Slovenia, all of which are using the Ruckus system to reliably deliver broadcast quality IPTV over a Wi-Fi network throughout the home.
"It's an exciting time to be joining a company that is so far ahead of the curve in terms of IPTV delivery in the home," explained McGann. "There's massive growth potential in this market and it's great to have the opportunity to be involved and really change the way consumers experience TV and digital entertainment."
"Ruckus' technology is one of a kind - no other company can offer consumers the option of reliably streaming broadcast quality IPTV over Wi-Fi in the home," added Ranson. "I'm looking forward to being at the forefront of Wi-Fi development and having the opportunity to work in such an innovative environment."
"Most service providers don't recognise that the last 100 feet is going to be a stumbling block in terms of IPTV success," said Felmer. "I'm confident however, that with my knowledge of the Northern European market, I'll be in a good position to enable Ruckus' customers to put new controls in the home so that they can reliably enable and improve service quality into the home over standard Wi-Fi."