CCS 26 GHz mmWave System Delivers 5G Wireless Backhaul for 5GUK Testbed

Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) Limited has formally announced its role as a key partner in the 5GUK testbed and trials project with University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab. CCS's 26 GHz mmWave Metnet backhaul solution is being deployed to deliver 5G backhaul, with a roadmap towards 5G NR as part of this Phase I testbed. The solution was recently demonstrated at the official launch of the Bristol 5GUK testbed and the first public 5G showcase - the Layered Realities Weekend Showcase at Millennium Square in Bristol.

Leveraging CCS Metnet, University of Bristol is deploying 5G capability in the extensive Smart City and Smart Campus testbeds in the city, targeting full 5G and fibre infrastructure convergence. The 5GUK Hub is the first national 5G trial, linking three leading 5G research institutions. The UK Government’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) is investing in a world-class 5G technology test network that will aim to put the UK at the forefront of the next wave of mobile technology - potentially adding up to £173 billion to the UK economy by 2030.

CCS Metnet 60 GHz mmWave technology is also providing superfast wireless backhaul for the 5G Smart Tourism testbed to be delivered in Bath and Bristol, following the UK government’s announcement of a £5M competition award to a successful consortium bid. The highly-skilled 5G Smart Tourism consortium is led by the West of England Combined Authority and includes 5G network and service providers CCS, BT, Zeetta, InterDigital, and Bristol is Open, with content and technology developments provided by the BBC and Aardman with support from the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab.

Metnet from CCS is the only self-organising 5G mmWave mesh backhaul. Delivering high capacity, ultra-low latency and ultra-fast deployment, Metnet is optimised for performance edge with multi-gigabit capacity, and is currently powering networks to mmWave 5G performance in major live deployments across the world. Metnet offers its unique SON multipoint solution in the 24/26/28 GHz area based licensed bands, plus its recently launched Metnet 12 Gbps 60 GHz 3D SON mmWave access and backhaul system in the unlicensed 60 GHz band, using Metnet SON for frequency agility and interference management. For more information, click here.