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CCS launches small cell network in London


The deployment initially includes a total of 50 small cells with plans of deploying additional small cells during the coming months

UK firm Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) has announces the completion of a next-generation small cell network in London’s Square Mile.

The first phase of deployment is now complete and a network of 50 small cells are currently delivering 4G wireless coverage and capacity to businesses, residents and visitors in London’s  global finance hub. The company said that the roll-out plan stipulates the deployment of hundreds of small cells during the rest of the year.

This recent deployment marks the latest phase in the roll-out of a next-generation Wi-Fi and small cell 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 free, high-speed public Wi-Fi with a Nokia Flexi Zone 4G small cell network, backhauled by CCS.

“With 10 million visitors passing through the Square Mile every year, the need for a better public Wi-Fi service in the area was clear. CCS Metnet’s backhaul service successfully addressed the key technical and operational challenges of deployment and we are delighted with the initial user feedback received,” said Derek McManus, COO at O2.

“The solution we have delivered, together with our partners, provides a superb platform for developing London’s 5G and smart city capabilities – for which successful small cell roll-out will be key – and we are delighted to be enhancing the mobile user experience across the Square Mile,” CCS CEO Steve Greaves said.

O2 is fully owned by Spanish telecom operator Telefonica. The telco currently has nearly 25 million customers in the UK.

Last week, O2 and compatriot communications infrastructure firm Arqiva confirmed plans to deploy up to 300 small cells across London.

The partners said the small cells will offer enhanced mobile data capacity and coverage in some of London’s busiest boroughs, including Hammersmith and Fulham, Richmond upon Thames, Wandsworth, Camden and Lambeth, among others.

Small cells will start to be deployed in the coming months with deployment continuing up to 2020.

O2 and Arqiva said the 300 small cells will be installed on street assets, such as lampposts, to deliver increased capacity in areas where mobile data demand is particularly high  — for example, outside transport hubs and major shopping areas.


Juan Pedro Tomás
Juan Pedro Tomás
Juan Pedro covers Global Carriers and Global Enterprise IoT. Prior to RCR, Juan Pedro worked for Business News Americas, covering telecoms and IT news in the Latin American markets. He also worked for Telecompaper as their Regional Editor for Latin America and Asia/Pacific. Juan Pedro has also contributed to Latin Trade magazine as the publication's correspondent in Argentina and with political risk consultancy firm Exclusive Analysis, writing reports and providing political and economic information from certain Latin American markets. He has a degree in International Relations and a master in Journalism and is married with two kids.

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