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25 June, 2015 - 10:11 By Kate Sweeney

CCS scales in China and the US

John Porter and Melvyn Noakes

When CCS won Business Weekly’s Wireless Innovation Award in March, TTP’s Allan Carmichael – who handed over the crystal obelisk – sagely observed: “The world is at its feet.”

The tribute proved as prophetic as it was realistic. The company, formerly called Cambridge Communication Systems, has ramped up to 45 staff in Cambridge and is also hiring in China and the United States – both territories where it is building up manpower and capability.

Founded in May 2010 by technology entrepreneurs John Porter and Steve Greaves, who had a track record building previous world-class Cambridge wireless businesses, CCS has just passed its fifth birthday with all to play for from its Cambridge HQ.

As Allan Carmichael mentioned at the Awards: “Mobile data traffic continues to surge and network operators are struggling to meet capacity requirements. CCS has created the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul which brings both low latency and high capacity. 

“The first commercial deployment was for China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator, and CCS has just taken delivery of the first volume production of the solution from market-leading manufacturer MTI in China. The world is at its feet.”

Greaves, Porter and engineering allies spent the early years at CCS developing the innovative self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system and the company is now perfectly poised to capitalise on the anticipated growth in the small cell market.

2015 is considered within the communications community to be the tipping point for the deployment of small cells as mobile networks come under increasing pressure from ever-rising volumes of mobile data traffic.

CCS intended from the outset to follow a long-term development strategy and to prove capability, ruggedisation and ubiquity ahead of commercial rollout.

The company has conducted successful trials with a number of leading mobile operators around the world and is now in discussions with top network equipment vendors to resell its system as part of a total solution within their own portfolios.

CCS recently unveiled the brand Metnet for its system, which reflects its focus on providing backhaul for so-called ‘metrocells’ – small cells in dense urban hotspots where the primary requirement is to increase network capacity. 

The branding also reflects the evolution towards ‘HetNets’, which combine macrocells, small cells and WiFi into a single coordinated network with seamless handoff between them. 

Backhaul will be a key enabler in this new network architecture and CCS Metnet, with its unique self-organising capabilities, aims to be a leading solution in the market.

• PHOTOGRAPH: CTO John Porter and radio engineer Melvyn Noakes pictured when they had just succeeded in establishing the first working link back in 2012 – in the very early hours of the morning!

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