ip.access Joins Forces With CCS to Simplify Small Cell Deployment

Cambridge, UK. 15 February, 2016 –  ip.access, a Mavenir company since September 2020 and the world’s leading independent small cell product and solution provider, today announced that it has joined forces with CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems) to develop a new outdoor LTE small cell with integrated wireless backhaul, which will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress on stands 7C60 and 7B67.

With mobile data traffic continuing to soar, mobile operators are struggling to keep up with coverage and capacity demands, and small cells are accepted as the only viable solution to keep customers connected.  However, site acquisition and planning approvals are two of the biggest barriers facing deployments of outdoor urban small cells today.

Although separate 4G small cell and wireless backhaul products can be installed in the same location, a “two-box” solution often exceeds the size, weight and single-attachment restrictions required to gain planning approval.

To overcome this issue, ip.access and CCS have developed an integrated outdoor unit incorporating a 4G nanoLTE™ small cell from ip.access, and Metnet self-organizing microwave backhaul from CCS. The new unit requires only a power supply to boost outdoor coverage and capacity in metro areas.  It is designed to be more acceptable to local planning departments, and is smaller, cheaper, and easier to deploy than a two-box solution.

“We have deployed more than 1.8 million small cells to date, and Self-Organising Networks (SONs) are part of our DNA.  By partnering with CCS, we’re able to extend our plug-and-play philosophy outside the building, with a solution that self-configures the wireless backhaul, as well as the LTE small cell, significantly reducing the complexity of LTE small cell rollout. We are delighted to collaborate with CCS on this first implementation.” said Malcolm Gordon, CEO, ip.access.

“CCS and ip.access have a shared vision of simplifying cellular network deployment. By combining our self-organising backhaul with ip.access’ SON LTE access points, we’re able to dramatically reduce the burden of small cell deployment,” explains Steve Greaves, CEO and co-founder, CCS. “ip.access has many years of experience in end-to-end small cell solutions, and was an obvious partner for us.”

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 CCS wireless microwave backhaul can be deployed in a hybrid mesh, PTMP or PTP topology for ultimate flexibility.

About CCS:

Cambridge, UK-based CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems) is the pioneer of Metnet, the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system for mobile networks.

Metnet is a 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. Self-organising, self-healing links automatically reconfigure themselves to optimise performance across a resilient, multipoint-to-multipoint topology. It’s easy to install, with no need for radio planning or manual alignment, and delivers the lowest TCO for any small cell backhaul technology.

CCS’ Metnet system enables mobile operators to deploy small cells in a flexible, organic way as additional capacity is required, maintaining a quality of service that meets customer expectations.

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