Next phase of Square Mile broadband deployment completed
Written by: Philip Mason | Published:

Cambridge Communication Systems has announced the roll-out of what it refers to as “a next-generation” small cell network in London’s Square Mile. The system includes neutral host, self-organising, 5G microwave backhaul provided by CCS Metnet.

The announcement marks the completion of the latest phase in the City of London Corporation’s project to increase broadband coverage and capacity in the UK capital’s main business district. Other partners include O2, as well as Nokia which is providing its Flexi Zone 4G small cell network.

The CCS Metnet backhaul operates within the licensed area-based 28GHz band. Over 50 small cells have been deployed in the initial phase of the roll-out, with “hundreds more” planned over the course of this year.

A spokesperson for the company said: “Based on a unique self-organising mesh architecture, Metnet is quick to deploy, easy to scale, and offers high capacity and low latency. This is coupled with high availability and resilience, robust synchronisation and lowest total cost of ownership. CCS Metnet operates in a single frequency channel with no radio frequency planning required.”

Commenting on the system, CCS CEO Steve Greaves said: “This is an exemplary success story for London, and for the ability of Metnet to deliver reliable and high-performance neutral host Wi-Fi and small cell connectivity in dense urban environments.

“We are proud to have delivered this project – in conjunction with [other partners] –, which is optimising the quality and performance of wireless in the area. We’re also proud to be supporting the City of London in its ambitions to boost the capital’s reputation as a world-leading smart city.”

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