CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems) announced today (17 February 2014) that its self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system is in live deployment with China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator.
The small cell network is operational now, delivering enhanced coverage and capacity in a busy urban hotspot environment and marking one of China Mobile’s first outdoor deployments of 4G LTE-TDD small cells.
China is the world’s largest mobile market with an estimated 1.2 billion users, and was recently selected by CCS as its manufacturing base, providing the company with key access to what is expected to be the world’s biggest small cell market. According to recently released research by Dell’Oro, the global mobile backhaul equipment market is predicted to be worth $8 billion by 2018 (January 2014).
CCS’s CE-marked, self-organising backhaul nodes were deployed by local lighting contractors in only 15 minutes per site, without training or the need to perform complicated frequency planning or alignment, delivering immediate and optimal 4G coverage to China Mobile subscribers.
A single compact unit connects to other units to create a multipoint-to-multipoint network that self-organises into the most optimal topology, without the requirement to post-optimise. The locations consist of a single CCS node together with a single or dual small cell, forming a 4G/LTE Macro and small cell HetNet (heterogeneous network).
The network demonstrates the advanced self-organisation capabilities of CCS's solution together with its self-healing capabilities in the event of a node or link failure. The network easily provides the high capacity, low latency, carrier-class availability and high QoS required when backhauling next generation LTE small-cells.
The network is now carrying live 4G traffic and the flexible architecture dynamically reconfigures and adapts, allowing the network to organically scale to connect further small cells in surrounding areas. With simple, low-cost and fast deployment, the CCS solution significantly reduces the OPEX of the last mile backhaul, with CAPEX also reduced as only one unit is required per location.
China Mobile currently has around 763M subscribers and launched its TD-LTE network in December 2013. China Mobile expects to construct its 4G networks in over 340 cities to reach a total of more than 500,000 TD-LTE base stations by the end of 2014.
Commenting on today’s announcement, CCS CEO Steve Greaves said: “This is a highly significant deployment for CCS, which demonstrates the unrivalled technical and business benefits that our solution is delivering to the world’s largest mobile network operator.”
He added: “Our self-organising, self-healing nodes are able to be very swiftly and flexibly deployed by relatively untrained contractors – without any upfront frequency planning or optimisation – saving both time and money while delivering the high levels of capacity, latency and redundancy demanded by China Mobile.
“With this flagship implementation and our new manufacturing base in China, CCS is now strategically very well-placed to create a strong leadership position in backhaul as the small cell market growth accelerates.
CCS will be showcasing its solution at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona (24 to 27 February, Fira Gran Via).
See also: MWC 2014 Preview: CCS gains certification for self-organising small cell backhaul