The network is built on CCS Metnet – the world’s only self-organising microwave backhaul – operating in the licensed area-based 28GHz band. This solution is now live and delivering a significant boost in browsing speeds, and access to high-bandwidth services, such as video streaming.
Thanks to this successful implementation, the City of London now boasts one of the fastest wireless network speeds in the world, providing a major boost to London’s ambitions as a 5G-ready, world-leading Smart City.
The successful small cell backhaul deployment is one phase of an ambitious next-generation network designed to boost coverage and capacity across the Square Mile. The project – awarded by City of London Corporation to CTIL, working in partnership with O2 – combines high speed free public Wi-Fi in the UK with a Nokia Flexi Zone 4G small cell network, both backhauled by CCS. Small cells and Wi-Fi access points have been installed on street furniture, with the “de minimis” form factor of the Metnet nodes ensuring unobstrusive deployment throughout the City’s historic streets.
Commenting on the award, CCS CEO Steve Greaves said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised by the Small Cell Forum with this award. The entire CCS team is very proud to have been instrumental in delivering a next-generation wireless network London, working alongside O2, CTIL, The City of London and our project partners. The quality and performance of our Metnet system is a critical factor in the success of this deployment, and it is fantastic that this shone through to the awards judges.”