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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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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.

total telecom

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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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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.

Land Mobile

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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.

Mobile Europe

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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.

Above Ground Level

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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

Tokyo Softbank - Topology aerial photo

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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