Cambridge Communication Systems, headed by serial entrepreneurs Steve Greaves and John Porter, is a startup backed by business angels – including Robert Sansom and David Cleevely – pioneering a small-cell microwave backhaul system in the mobile industry.
Greaves and Porter were the men behind Adaptive Broadband and Cambridge Broadband Networks. Small-cell networks are accepted as the only realistic solution to the pressing data capacity problem in mobile communications, but as yet no credible solution for backhaul – the transfer of data between these networks and the core infrastructure – has been developed.
CCS’s technology is a self-organising, self-optimising multipoint-to-multipoint microwave communications system which operates in cheap and plentiful licensed spectrum.
As at July 2012, two UK field trials were underway, a new fundraising around the corner, fresh hires moving in as the company eyed expansion into the US, China, Singapore and South Africa in the months ahead.
CCS, which raised £1.3m from angel funders late in 2011, is set to raise an indeterminate sum before the end of 201