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City of London deploy Urban Small Cell Mesh Network

I visited the City of London, the 1 square mile central business district within the metropolis dominated by international finance and big business. The governing body recently awarded a concession that provides free public Wi-Fi in return for street level small cell sites. Services have been launched after only 28 weeks. I spoke with both City officials and the project manager to appreciate the benefits to all involved.

--- David Chambers, ThinkSmallCell

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CCS wins London microwave backhaul deal

Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) Limited announces that its Metnet solution has been selected to provide neutral host backhaul for a new, ultra-fast next-generation wireless network being deployed to serve the businesses, residents and visitors of the Square Mile in London.

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Adtran inks mmWave backhaul deal with CCS

Adtran has cut a deal with Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) to deliver self-organising mmWave technology for backhaul and access capabilities to fixed and mobile operators for 5G densification architectures and higher access speeds.


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CCS, ADTRAN align on open network vision for Metnet self-organising mmWave backhaul

Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) Limited today announces that it has joined the ADTRAN Mosaic Open Network Alliance and completed a global reseller agreement that will enable ADTRAN to provide CCS’ pioneering wireless solution to address backhaul and access opportunities across multiple markets worldwide. These developments in the companies’ relationship are effective immediately and demonstrate their shared vision on open and disaggregated networks.

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City of London rolls out 'Fastest Free UK wi-fi'

The City of London Corporation has launched its new gigabit Wi-Fi network, serving residents, workers and visitors to the Square Mile.

According to the corporation, the system will provide the fastest free Wi-Fi in the UK, with user speeds ranging from 50 to 180 megabits per second. This is up to ten times faster than that which has previously been available across the City of London.

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Telefónica uses mmWave to connect UK Wi-Fi network in first for group

Telefónica has debuted its mmWave spectrum to power a large-scale commercial Wi-Fi deployment in the City of London.

The service, publicly announced in April, is now live for users. Its O2 UK opco worked with Cornerstone Technology Infrastructure Ltd (CTIL), its joint venture with Vodafone, and City of London authorities to roll out 150 access points in street furniture in the UK capital’s main financial hub.

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Fastest free WiFi in the UK – pre-5G neutral host backhaul network in London’s Square Mile

CCS is providing the neutral host backhaul for a game-changing WiFi and small cells network launched today in the City of London. The network is built on CCS Metnet – the world’s only self-organising 5G microwave backhaul – operating in the licensed area-based 28GHz band. The service will deliver the fastest free WiFi network in the UK to visitors and workers in the Square Mile. For more information, please read the full service launch announcement issued by City of London here

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Join us at SCWS Americas 2017

Join us at SCWS Americas, 4-6 Dec 2017, San Jose

CCS will be exhibiting and speaking at SCWS Americas in San Jose from 5th - 6th December 2017.

CCS is proud to be a Gold Sponsor at the event, and CEO Steve Greaves will be delivering an exclusive conference presentation to delegates from the main stage during the event (Tuesday 5th December, 15:45-16:10, "Deployment of a next generation public WiFi and LTE small cell network in London’s Square Mile").

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SON Backhaul Connects London Observation Wheel’s Wi-Fi Service

UK wireless operator O2 has selected Cambridge Communication Systems to provide the backhaul for the new Wi-Fi system serving the Coca-Cola London Eye, a high-profile, cantilevered observation wheel. A Metnet self-organizing network (SON) microwave backhaul will provide backhaul connections to the tourist attraction’s thirty-two closed capsules as the rotate above the London skyline.

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CCS backhauls London Eye WiFi service

Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) Limited today announces that it is providing backhaul for the Coca-Cola London Eye’s new Wifi service, which enables customers to access high-speed internet and new interactive applications while riding in the popular London observation wheel. CCS’s Metnet 28GHz self-organising microwave backhaul was selected by O2, which is delivering the Wifi service on behalf of Merlin Entertainments – the largest European entertainments company operating in Europe.
- Total Telecom

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Why towercos are getting active with neutral host

With the rapid growth of mobile operator networks and the emergence of network sharing as a cost-effective expansion strategy, the independent macro tower market has boomed. Owner-operator tower companies worldwide today manage substantial portfolios of passive “steel and grass” infrastructure assets ripe for monetisation. Now, as small-cell deployments begin to gather pace – and with site acquisition still one of the biggest challenges – tower companies are beginning to capitalize by supplying the active infrastructure to support next-generation service delivery.

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Square Mile to get world-class wireless network

City of London. Photo credit: kloniwotski on flickr

Residents, employees and visitors to the City of London will be able to use a new world-class wireless network this year as proposals to expand free Wi-Fi and improve mobile coverage across the Square Mile have been given the green light.

A new network will replace the current free Wi-Fi service provided by the Cloud. State of the art equipment will provide gigabit speeds and see users able to enjoy high bandwidth services like video on demand over free City Wi-Fi for the first time. The service will surpass that found in the world’s other major international financial centre – New York.

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New case study: Rapid small cell deployment in the urban jungle

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Urban small cells deployed at street level are the next logical step to meet growing data traffic demand in city centres. Practical solutions need to be quick and easy to install, adapt seamlessly with tactical evolution and be resilient during outages. SoftBank installed CCS Metnet self-organising microwave backhaul in the challenging metropolis of Tokyo, delivering valuable insight into the behaviour of 5G microwave.

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Back to back(haul)

James Hayes (Land Mobile) explores whether wireless or traditional wired backhaul is the best option for mobile network operators to meet growing data demands

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FiberTower launches wireless tech from CCS

Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS), a multipoint-to-multipoint wireless backhaul and transport systems provider, and FiberTower, the leading developer of licensed wide-area millimeter wave service solutions, today announced that FiberTower has received the CCS Metnet system which is intended for immediate deployment.

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Making the urban small cell happen

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The long-awaited rollout of urban small cells is finally starting to happen. We share some of CCS' deployment lessons to date in our paper "Making the urban small cell happen".

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CCS signs global agreement with Ericsson

CCS has signed a global value-added reseller (VAR) agreement with Ericsson. The agreement will give Ericsson customers access to CCS’ Metnet, the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system, and helps CCS reach new markets across the globe.


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CCS unveils Metnet self-organising backhaul with integrated small cell

CCS has adapted its Metnet self-organising backhaul solution to host a small cell within a single, compact design. Designed to speed up deployment, the integrated unit will help mobile operators with the process of site acquisition. It will be shown for the first time at the CCS stand (7B67) at MWC 2016.

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Opinion piece: A tale of two (smart) cities

Realising the full potential of smart cities is currently hampered by a disconnect between the visionaries and practical deployment issues for small cells down on the street. Read Steve Greave's article in M2M Now on the current issues holding things back.

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Does backhaul hold the key to customer experience?

Managing customer experience is a complex task, with an ever-increasing number of variables to consider. But perhaps the most frustrating things for users these days is when you can’t do the very things that mobile operators are selling the latest and greatest handsets for – access the internet, download files and make video calls – when you’re on the move in busy urban areas that in theory at least, should offer the best mobile coverage and fastest speeds.

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CCS marks five years

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Five years ago, CEO Steve Greaves and CTO John Porter founded CCS. To mark the occasion, we’ve pulled out a few photos from the archives of the team celebrating some key milestones in the early days of the system’s development.

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Alternative ways to synchronise small cells

Urban small cells, especially LTE ones, need tight timing synchronisation to ensure they work well together with the macrocell layer. GPS is a popular method but may not be entirely reliable in urban canyons. ThinkSmallCell look at alternative ways around the problem with insights from CCS.

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Small cells take over the mobile world

To meet the ever-rising demand for mobile data services operators are planning a radical change in the way mobile networks are built. Cambridge-based wireless infrastructure company CCS is in the right place at the right time.

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CCS unveils new logo


CCS is proud to unveil a new logo that represents the unique attributes of our pioneering small cell backhaul system.

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CCS wins Cambridge News Top Innovations 2014 award


CCS is proud to announce that we won a Cambridge News Top Innovations 2014 award for our pioneering self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system. The awards honour the five most innovative inventions that have gone public over the last year from Cambridge companies across a wide variety of sectors, including the technical, medical and digital fields.

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Deploying small cell backhaul in Beijing

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Wangfujing Street is one of the most famous and busiest shopping streets in downtown Beijing. This largely pedestrianised area attracts an estimated 600,000 visitors on a daily basis. And most of them are using their smartphones. It’s no surprise then that this became one of the first locations for metro cell deployment in China.

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CCS wins Small Cell Forum Industry Award

Small Cell Forum award win

CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems Limited), creator of the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system for mobile networks, has won the Small Cell Backhaul Design and Technology Innovation category at the Small Cell Forum Industry Awards.

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Chronos Technology highlights CCS packet and sync performance at ITSF 2013

Chronos Technology and CCS have recently collaborated to perform an exhaustive range of packet and sync performance tests using the SyncWatch Solution and CCS microwave nodes. The testing was performed to evaluate and benchmark the CCS self-organising backhaul solution in preparation for a number of commercial small cell pilot deployments with global MNOs.

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CCS Small-cell backhaul unit installation in under 15 mins

Watch as a CCS small cell backhaul unit is installed in under 15 mins by council lighting contractors. No frequency planning or time consuming alignment procedures were required, thus significantly reducing deployment complexity and installation time.

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CCS secures £1.3 million of investment in seed round

Cambridge Communication Systems Limited (CCS) today announced that it has raised over £1 million of investment to fund early stage deployments of its unique small-cell microwave backhaul system. The funding round was led by Cambridge Angels Founder Robert Sansom, who will become Chairman of CCS, and is backed by Cambridge Wireless Chairman David Cleevely as well as Imperial Innovations, Cambridge Angels and Cambridge Capital Group.

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New wireless venture leads Cambridge's golden generation

An exciting new Cambridge wireless company is set to revolutionise the way mobile phone operators cope with soaring traffic. Cambridge Communication System is set to announce a major fundraising, Business Weekly understands. While the business remains in stealth mode, it is understood to have impressive backing from Cambridge ArchAngels.

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London needs 70,000 small cells for world-class mobile broadband

For London to offer genuinely world-class, LTE everywhere mobile broadband, it will require the installation of 70,000 small cells across the capital, including 2,000 nodes covering the Underground network by 2015. These findings will be presented by Picochip CTO Doug Pulley at the Bath Basestation conference, starting today.

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Light Reading Mobile highlights CCS

On 4th July, 2011 in an article on Light Reading Mobile, Michelle Donegan highlighted CCS as one of three start-ups filling the technology gap for mobile operators who are planning to deploy LTE small cells.

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