CCS to unveil Metnet self-organising backhaul with integrated small cell at MWC 2016

New unit will accelerate deployment with compact, integrated design by incorporating n ip.access small cell within the backhaul unit in a single design

CCS to unveil Metnet self-organising backhaul with integrated small cell at MWC 2016

CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems) 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.

Site acquisition for outdoor small cells is currently a slow and difficult process as separate small cell and backhaul units often exceed the size, weight and single-attachment restrictions for planning approvals. By combining a small cell with Metnet self-organising backhaul, the unit is smaller and more acceptable to local planning departments, to considerably speed up deployment. 

At Mobile World Congress, CCS will show the first integrated unit, which includes an LTE small cell from ip.access. The CCS Metnet backhaul platform will host small cells in a universal design that utilise licensed or unlicensed spectrum, including LTE-A, LTE-U, MulteFire, WiFi and ultimately 5G variants.

CEO and Co-Founder of CCS Steve Greaves commented: “By combining a small cell with our unique self-organising backhaul, we offer a total solution for mobile operators as well as enabling new market entrants. We’re pleased to be collaborating with ip.access on this first integrated unit and look forward to showing it on our stand at MWC.”

“Our mission at ip.access is to simplify small cell deployment”, said Malcolm Gordon, CEO, ip.access. “Site acquisition and planning approvals are two of the biggest barriers facing urban small cells today. By integrating our 4G small cell with CCS’ backhaul we’re providing a one-box solution which minimises footprint, simplifies installation, and helps operators speed up the deployment process.” 

The new design offers the same self-organising microwave backhaul, with high capacity and low latency, flexible synchronisation, high availability and resiliency. The CCS Metnet system operates in a single frequency channel with no radio planning required. Each unit has a wide 270-degree field of view and supports multiple connections, so there’s no need for manual alignment and only one is required per site.

This makes it quick and low-cost to deploy, which is crucial when operators will ultimately need to roll out thousands of small cells. Each node is capable of providing GPS-derived local master synchronisation, with distributed timing recovery in the event of GPS failures.

The integrated ip.access 4G small cell is available in different regional variants, each supporting 5 LTE frequency bands with channel bandwidths of up to 20 MHz. 

The unit will be on display at the CCS stand (7B67) and the ip.access stand (7C60) at MWC from the 22-25 February 2016.


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