CCS Self-Organising Microwave Backhaul Powers a 4G Small Cell Network in London

Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) Limited has announced the completion and deployment of a next-generation small cell network in London’s Square Mile. The backhaul of the new network is built on CCS Metnet – the only self-organizing 5G microwave backhaul – operating in the licensed area-based 28 GHz band. Small cells and Wi-Fi access points have been installed on street furniture, with the “de minimis” form factor of the Metnet nodes ensuring unobtrusive deployment throughout the City’s historic streets. Over 50 small cells have been deployed in the initial phase, with hundreds more planned to the remainder of this year.

The first phase of deployment is now complete and the live small cell network is delivering high-speed, 4G wireless coverage and capacity to businesses, residents and visitors in London’s iconic global finance hub. This announcement marks the latest phase in the roll-out of an ambitious next-generation Wi-Fi and small cells network designed to boost coverage and capacity across the Square Mile. The project – awarded by City of London Corporation to CTIL, working in partnership with O2 – combines high speed free public Wi-Fi in the UK with a Nokia Flexi Zone 4G small cell network, backhauled by CCS.

Based on a unique self-organising mesh architecture, Metnet is quick to deploy, easy to scale, and offers high capacity and low latency coupled with high availability and resilience, robust synchronisation and lowest total cost of ownership. CCS Metnet operates in a single frequency channel with no radio frequency planning required. Frequency reuse in the entire network is 1. Each node has a wide 270-degree field of view, so only one unit is required per site, rather than multiple radios. Metnet eliminates the need for any manual alignment, and each node supports multiple connections for higher resilience. Click here to learn more.