CCS presents at Sivers IMA's Capital Markets Day 2020

CCS presents at Sivers IMA's Capital Markets Day 2020

We were pleased to present our solutions and capabilities via live stream on Wednesday March 18 as part of our partner Sivers IMA's Capital Markets Day 2020. CCS's VP of Sales and Marketing Jamie Cave - plus speakers from Blu Wireless, MicroNät and Sivers - provided an in-depth overview of market drivers and key technologies for 5G in a digital event joined by over 250 customers and partners.

You can watch the Capital Markets Day livestream and see all the presentations on-demand at this link:

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CCS joins partner ADTRAN for exclusive "Scaling the UK's Gigabit Vision" event

CCS joins partner ADTRAN for exclusive "Scaling the UK's Gigabit Vision" event

CCS is kicking off the New Year by speaking at an exclusive invitation-only event being hosted by our partner ADTRAN on January 15th 2020. This unique, full-day event will take place onboard the historic HMS Belfast, bringing together stakeholders from across the UK Gigabit Society ecosystem, including alternative operators, the investment community, passive networking planning and design experts, end-to-end Gigabit solution vendors and some of the most disruptive full-fibre operators.

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CCS partner IDT expands portfolio for CPE in Fixed Wireless Access Market


Our partner IDT (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.) has announced an expansion in its RapidWave portfolio for Customer Premise Equipment targeting the Fixed Wireless Access Market. IDT - a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation - has launched the RWM6051, a mmWave modem for customer premise equipment targeted for 5G fixed wireless networks. The RWM6051 comprehensive features deliver wireless broadband service providers an ultra-wideband spectrum of 14 GHz V-band from 57 to 71GHz, to simplify and accelerate network deployments.

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Navigating The Road Ahead at INCA 2019


The CCS team is attending INCA’s 10th anniversary conference #TheRoadAhead in Manchester today and tomorrow. We're looking forward to meeting with new and existing CCS customers, and to participating in the discussions on the UK Gigabit connectivity targets and how Digital Infrastructure Growth can be accelerated. We're really excited to hear about the ambitious second wave of independent operators, and the emerging novel approaches to delivering new services - including the role of Fixed Wireless in 60GHz, which is already delivering Gigabit connectivity to UK homes and enterprises.

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CCS at UK INCA Conference 2019


CCS will be attending INCA’s 10th anniversary Conference - #TheRoadAhead - at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel in central Manchester from 16th - 17th October. Our team will be there to meet with leaders from the digital infrastructure sector, policy makers, investors, and vendors.

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The 5G-Enabled Smart Tourism consortium showcase ground-breaking Augmented Reality technology at IBC2019

Delegates at IBC2019 in Amsterdam this September (13th-17th) will have the opportunity to experience a live demonstration of the augmented reality (AR) application developed by BBC R&D and Aardman Animations, running over a simulated 5G network delivered by the University of Bristol Smart Internet Lab, CCS and Zeetta Networks. The ground-breaking Smart Tourism project formed part of the UK Government’s Phase 1 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, and was recently featured in Computer Weekly.

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TIP Summit 2019 - Amsterdam

CCS will be attending the TIP Summit 2019 in Amsterdam from November 13th - 14th. The theme for the event is "Together We Build", and the programme will feature influential keynotes, panel discussions and workshops from all corners of the TIP ecosystem. Thought leaders from across the industry will be discussing the Telecom Infra Project's collaborative approach toward disaggregated networks, and deliving deep into topics including OpenRAN, Open Box Microwave and mmWave networks.

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When Fixed Wireless Access makes sense

CCS's Metnet 60GHz FWA solution is bridging the full-fibre gap.

Professor William Webb, CEO of standards body Weightless SIG, has written an excellent opinion piece exploring how the availability of 60GHz spectrum is strengthening the case for FWA as a cheaper and faster alternative to full fibre.

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CCS featured in UK5G Testbeds & Trials Special

UK5G has issued a 52-page special edition digital magazine covering the UK's cutting-edge 5G trials, available for download now. The magazine – which includes an introduction from Ian Smith, 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme Director at DCMS – covers the major innovations from the six 5G projects awarded by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The report explores the successful deployment of our Metnet 60G unlicensed mmWave wireless solution and our pivotal role in the landmark 5G Smart Tourism project, led by West of England Combined Authority with University of Bristol to support smart tourism using augmented and virtual reality technology.

You can register to access and read the full magazine here.

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CCS joins INCA to help build Gigabit UK


We are pleased to announce that CCS has become a member of INCA - the Independent Networks Cooperative Association - to help UK alternative network providers (altnets) deliver virtual fibre using Gigabit mmWave FWA.

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Pre-5G neutral host backhaul network in London’s Square Mile


CCS Metnet is providing neutral host microwave backhaul for a new ultra-fast, next-generation wireless network in the Square Mile – the world’s number one financial centre. The ambitious project – which includes the single biggest Wi-Fi investment in the City to date – was delivered in a fast and seamless deployment, and is now providing high-speed, high-performance wireless services to businesses, residents and visitors across London’s iconic business hub.

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CCS 60GHz mmWave Metnet delivering 5G wireless backhaul for UK government’s £5M Smart Tourism project

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Successful bid by West of England Combined Authority consortium will see superfast 5G wireless services deployed across Bristol and Bath

Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) Limited is delighted to announce that its innovative Metnet technology is providing superfast wireless backhaul for the 5G Smart Tourism testbed to be delivered in Bath and Bristol. The news follows the UK government’s announcement of a £5M competition award to a successful consortium bid led by the West of England Combined Authority. CCS’ Metnet 12Gbps unlicensed 60GHz mmWave backhaul solution will power enhanced visual experiences for tourists using Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology in major attractions in Bath and Bristol, including the Roman Baths and Millennium Square.

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CCS launches Metnet 12Gbps 60GHz mmWave system

Metnet 12Gbps access and backhaul in 60GHz band,
utilises 3D SON™ interference management and SDN Mesh networking architecture

Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) Limited today launches its Metnet 12Gbps unlicensed 60GHz mmWave access and backhaul solution. The ultra-high capacity 12Gbps multipoint system is the first element in CCS’s new software-defined Mesh network architecture, with multiple Metnet 60GHz nodes operating as a centrally managed SDN-capable networking switch.

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CCS Lights Up New Year's Eve at Coca-Cola London Eye

CCS’ Metnet 28 GHz self-organising microwave backhaul helped to deliver a stunning New Year celebration display at the Coca-Cola London Eye on New Year’s Eve. Leveraging the Metnet system already powering its high-speed WiFi services on the wheel, Merlin Entertainments was able to – for the first time – directly stream live control to the lights, enabling perfect timing synchronisation of lights, music and fireworks. Previously, a program would have to be uploaded earlier in the day with the hope that the program would trigger at the correct points in the show. This would often result in the lights being a few seconds out of sync. With Metnet, the result was truly spectacular – with none of the noticeable delays or timing lags usually seen at large event displays. Enjoy the amazing River Thames show here:

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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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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

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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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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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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 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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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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