CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems) 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.
CCS Metnet will provide Ericsson with a complementary small cell backhaul system that meets all key requirements for high capacity and low latency, reliability, rapid deployment and low-cost operation in a small, low-impact design.
The Metnet system has a unique multipoint-to-multipoint architecture, with self-organising, self-healing links that dynamically reconfigure to optimise performance and spectral efficiency, and automatically re-route traffic in the event of link failure. As a world leader in communications technology and services, with a presence in 180 countries, Ericsson will provide global reach for CCS’ products and solutions.
CEO and Co-Founder of CCS Steve Greaves commented: “This agreement is a significant endorsement of our Metnet system. It gives us unparalleled reach and, combined with Ericsson’s breadth of services and expertise, support for enterprise access and smart city applications in addition to small cells.”
The CCS Metnet system operates in a single frequency channel with no radio planning required, currently targeting operators that can utilise block licences in the 26 and 28 GHz bands. 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 in dense urban canyons.