Metnet 12Gbps access and backhaul in 60GHz band, utilises 3D SON interference management and SDN Mesh networking architecture
Cambridge, UK, February 20 2018 – Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) Limited today launches its Metnet 12Gbps unlicensed 60GHz mmWave access and backhaul solution. The ultra-high capacity 12Gbps multipoint system is the first element in CCS’s new software-defined Mesh network architecture, with multiple Metnet 60GHz nodes operating as a centrally managed SDN-capable networking switch.
Operating in the unlicensed mmWave spectrum band from 57GHz to 71GHz, the new 12Gbps multipoint Metnet system is optimised for performance today, while providing an upgrade path to much higher multi-gigabit capacity. Metnet 3D SON delivers capacity optimisation, automated interference avoidance and low latency, using distributed control of time, frequency, and space switching to manage co-ordination and co-existence with other unlicensed 60GHz systems. Implemented with high-capacity phased array beam steered transceivers, Metnet 12Gbps nodes provide a wide 300° field of view connecting autonomously to form flexible MPtMP (mesh) self-organising, self-healing networks that dynamically reconfigure to optimise performance and spectral efficiency as environment or traffic levels change. Applications include small cell backhaul, FWA, enterprise networks, WiFi backhaul, fibre or G-Fast extension, and CCTV backhaul.
Metnet’s discreet single unit form factor enables radios to be deployed at street level in 15 mins, with no need for detailed radio planning or manual alignment. The CCS Metnet 12Gbps unlicensed 60GHz mmWave system facilitates deployment in a flexible, organic way, allowing customers to seamlessly evolve their networks over time. Dedicated, long-range Metnet CPEs can also be incorporated into the mesh to support high capacity and low-cost FWA subscriber connections.
Commenting on the launch, CCS CEO Steve Greaves said: “This is the first product release within our new Software-Defined Network architecture, and part of our evolutionary roadmap towards 5G next-generation radio. With this new product, we’re leveraging the low cost base of commercial, off-the-shelf component technology and combining it with our unique Metnet self-organising mesh architecture, to deliver a vastly superior solution that guarantees end-to-end capacity, low latency and quality of service, and resolves QOS issues associated with previous generation unlicensed alternatives.” He added: “Metnet’s coordinated, 3D SON interference-aware technology and ability to organically scale makes it an ideal solution for new entrants looking to take advantage of the exciting unlicensed 60GHz and 3.5GHz shared spectrum opportunity. For existing mobile operators, Metnet 12Gbps provides a robust and future-proof platform for network densification via small cells as well as backhaul and access applications. The new Metnet SDN 3D SON product portfolio will rapidly evolve, bringing many new frequency bands and ultimately massive capacity to power the wide scale roll-out of 5G at reasonable cost.”