CCS to Deliver SON-based mmWave Mesh Backhaul for 5G Smart Tourism Testbed in the UK

14 March 2018
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CCS to Deliver SON-based mmWave Mesh Backhaul for 5G Smart Tourism Testbed in the UK Image Credit: CCS

Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) announced that its Metnet, a self-organising 5G mmWave mesh backhaul solution for the 5G Smart Tourism testbed to be delivered in Bath and Bristol.  

The news follows the UK government’s announcement of a £5M competition award to a successful consortium bid led by the West of England Combined Authority.  CCS’ Metnet 12Gbps unlicensed 60GHz mmWave backhaul solution will power enhanced visual experiences for tourists using Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology in major attractions in Bath and Bristol, including the Roman Baths and Millennium Square.

The highly-skilled 5G Smart Tourism consortium – headed by the West of England Combined Authority – includes 5G network and service providers CCS, BT, Zeetta, InterDigital, and Bristol is Open.   

The cutting-edge testbed will demonstrate self-provision of 5G and Wi-Fi plus innovative mmWave backhaul capabilities from CCS.  The testbed will also address safety issues by providing emergency service capacity through network slicing.  Content and technology developments will be provided by the BBC and Aardman with support from the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab.

Metnet offers its unique SON multipoint solution in the 24/26/28GHz area based licensed bands, plus its recently launched Metnet 12Gbps 60GHz 3D SON mmWave access and backhaul system in the unlicensed 60GHz band, using Metnet SON for frequency agility and interference management, said CCS.

Steve Greaves, CEO, CCS
We are really proud to be playing a pivotal role in this ground-breaking 5G Smart Tourism project, and to be working with our bid partners to pioneer a 5G network that will put the UK at the forefront of next-generation wireless technology.  

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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