News release

Date: 23rd June 2016

Small cell network synchronisation simplified in new whitepaper from CCS

“Enhancing Small Cell Performance with Synchronised Backhaul” whitepaper freely available to download now

Cambridge, UK, 23rd June 2016 – A range of flexible options for how mobile operators meet the challenge of achieving accurate small cell network timing synchronisation are outlined in a new whitepaper from CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems). The whitepaper – “Enhancing Small Cell Performance with Synchronised Backhaul” – is freely available for download now from the CCS website (

Timing synchronisation is becoming increasingly critical to wireless network performance. Every individual radio transmitter throughout the network – effectively every cell – needs to be tightly aligned with its neighbours to effect seamless handover, reduce inter-cell interference, and increase the total network throughput and capacity. For operators, unresolved synchronisation issues can result in dropped calls and data sessions and ultimately, an increased risk of churn. The importance of getting timing and synchronisation right is only set to increase with the growing densification of the network and the greater complexities introduced by LTE-Advanced and TD-LTE.
The new whitepaper from CCS explores the challenges faced by network architects to deliver resilience and high availability in a small cell network, the pros and cons of various alternative synchronisation sources, and examines the benefits of harnessing wireless backhaul in a mesh topology for accurate timing and synchronisation.

CCS has incorporated a high performance, robust and resilient timing and synchronisation solution in the fundamental design of Metnet, its self-organising wireless backhaul solution based on a unique multipoint-to-multipoint architecture. Each node automatically switches to the most suitable synchronisation source available. This multi-sourced timing and synchronisation capability can be used to provide a very accurate and low jitter timing signal to adjacent small cells.

A key advantage of a mesh backhaul-based solution is that it significantly expands the opportunities for small cell deployment, adding considerable flexibility to the scope of potential urban small cell sites and removing the need for a universal clear sky view for GPS satellite reception.

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About CCS

CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems) is a specialist in self-organising wireless backhaul for small cell, WiFi, CCTV, smart city and enterprise access applications.
Our Metnet system delivers reliable, high performance that dynamically adapts to capacity demands and optimises spectrum usage, is quick to deploy, and easily scaled at low cost. Its small, discreet design is ideal for installation on lampposts, sides of buildings and roofs. Based on a unique multipoint-to-multipoint architecture, it delivers high availability and resiliency, with more flexibility to handle the deployment challenges at street level.
Metnet enables deployment in an ad hoc, organic way to rapidly improve quality of service in capacity hotspots or coverage not-spots today, while laying the foundations for the change in network architectures anticipated with 5G.
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