News release

Date: 21st October 2014

Small cell microwave backhaul pioneer CCS expands deployment with China Mobile

Self-organising backhaul system rolled out in new region by world’s largest mobile network operator

Cambridge, UK, 21st October 2014 - CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems Limited), creator of the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system for mobile networks, today announces that China Mobile has expanded its deployment of CCS’ technology with a new installation in its Fujian Mobile branch.

In February this year, China Mobile – the world’s largest mobile operator – began implementing CCS’ backhaul system to deliver enhanced coverage and capacity in a busy urban environment of Beijing, in one of its first outdoor deployments of 4G LTE-TDD small cells. Now the operator is rolling out the CCS solution in the busiest commercial area of Longyan, to backhaul the latest LTE-TDD small cells from ZTE.

A CCS unit is installed at an existing macrocell site, which feeds down to the street to provide a high availability, low latency and high capacity Ethernet backhaul service in excess of 200Mbps to each small cell site.

The environment is extremely challenging for both RF and GPS – narrow streets with densely packed, tall, reflective buildings on both sides and a poor view of the sky. The CCS system’s self-organising capability enables it to pick up the optimal signal, thereby overcoming RF issues. Each CCS node is also uniquely capable of providing GPS-derived synchronisation to the small cell when the small cell’s own GPS fails. The GPS capabilities of CCS’ backhaul system are much more robust than those of a small cell, enabling operation in difficult environments where small cells may not function.

The Fujian network was deployed by local contractors in just one day after minimal training, without the need for any on-site configuration or manual alignment. The advanced self-organising nature of the CCS backhaul nodes has created a network that can self-configure into an optimal topology – without any RF or link planning – and provide automatic redundancy via self-healing features.

Commenting on today’s announcement, CCS CEO Steve Greaves said: “This expansion of our commercial partnership with China Mobile really underlines how successful our solution is proving to be in delivering robust backhaul in difficult urban settings.” He added: “The unique, built-in intelligence of our system means that these networks can be deployed quickly, flexibly and reliably in even the most challenging RF and GPS environments.”


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 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. Easy to scale, with no radio planning or re-alignment required as nodes are added, CCS’ self-organising microwave-based system delivers the lowest TCO for any small cell backhaul technology.

CCS’ 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.

For further information please contact:
Press contact: Nicky Denovan
EvokedSet PR for CCS Ltd
Email: nicky[at]evokedset [dot]com

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