News release

Date: 13th March 2014

Senza Fili releases whitepaper revealing true cost of manpower in developing small cell backhaul infrastructures

Mobile operators confirm that self-organising MP2MP small cell backhaul technology could reduce CAPEX by 42 per cent and OPEX by 34 per cent vs P2P systems

Cambridge, UK, 13th March 2014 – CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems Limited), developer of the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system for mobile networks, today announces the publication of a new whitepaper exploring the backhaul solutions that can support organic small cell network growth. Written by Senza Fili Consulting, the research offers an in-depth examination of the potential total cost of ownership to mobile network operators – due to the inevitable densification of mobile infrastructure – and a detailed overview of some of the backhaul solutions currently existing.

The whitepaper is freely available for download here: A backhaul solution for organic small-cell growth.

The whitepaper demonstrates the potential savings available to operators using the model of a small cell network that grows organically over a 5-year period to meet the increased capacity needed for the operators' overall network. It addresses an expansion in backhaul to support an initial deployment of 100 small cells that grows to 5110 small cells in year 5, and the likely costs incurred as the result of continuous network planning and implementation.

In the report, the cost savings achieved by deploying a self-organising, multipoint-to-multipoint (MP2MP) backhaul system – 42 per cent lower CAPEX and 34 per cent lower OPEX – are due to reduced manual labour costs associated with planning, installation and topology optimisation of small cell networks. Unlike point-to-point (P2P) systems, which would require repeated re-planning as the small cell network grows, a fully self-organizing MP2MP system such as that from CCS, enables simple organic growth and a rapid response for network operators to expand capacity when and where demand is highest.

“Small cells are going to be essential assets for operators needing to increase the capacity density of their mobile networks. However if this growth is to be part of a well-paced evolution, the costs of reshaping and optimising ever-expanding networks will be substantial,” says report author, Monica Paolini, President and Founder of Senza Fili Consulting. “This TCO analysis shows the advantages of self-organized systems in keeping the cost and complexity down in expanding small-cell networks.”

CEO of CCS Ltd, Steve Greaves, commented: “We are delighted by the results of this important research conducted by Senza Fili Consulting. The outcome is a great vote of confidence for CCS and vindicates our proposition for a self-organising, self-optimising backhaul network.”

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About CCS Ltd. (
Cambridge, UK-based CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems Ltd) is the pioneer of the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system for mobile networks.
CCS offers mobile network operators the only system that meets all key requirements for high capacity, reliability and low latency, with rapid deployment and simple, 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. Easy to scale, with no radio planning or re-alignment required as nodes are added, CCS’s self-organising microwave-based system delivers the lowest TCO for any small cell backhaul technology.
CCS’s 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.

About Senza Fili Consulting (
Senza Fili Consulting is an analyst and consulting firm that provides advisory services on wireless data technologies and services since 2003. Senza Fili have in-depth expertise in financial modeling, market forecasts and research, white paper preparation, business plan support, RFP preparation and management, due diligence, and training. The international client base spans the entire value chain: clients include wireline, fixed wireless, and mobile operators, other service providers, enterprises and other vertical players, vendors, system integrators, investors, regulators, and industry associations. They provide a bridge between technologies and services, helping their clients assess established and emerging technologies, leverage these technologies to support new or existing services, and build solid, profitable business models. Independent advice, a strong quantitative backing, and an international perspective are the hallmarks of their work.

About Monica Paolini:
Monica Paolini is the Founder and President of Senza Fili Consulting. She is an expert in wireless technologies and has helped clients worldwide to understand technology and customer requirements, evaluate business plan opportunities, market their services and products, and estimate the market size and revenue opportunity of new and established wireless technologies. She has frequently been invited to give presentations at conferences and has written several reports on wireless broadband technologies. She has a PhD in cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego (US), an MBA from the University of Oxford (UK), and a BA/MA in philosophy from the University of Bologna (Italy).

Press Contact:
Nicky Denovan
EvokedSet PR for CCS Ltd.


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