Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) Limited is showcasing the Metnet 12Gbps unlicensed 60GHz mmWave access and backhaul solution at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 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 5 7GHz to 71 GHz, the 12Gbps multipoint Metnet system is optimized for performance today, while providing an upgrade path to much higher multi-gigabit capacity. Metnet 3D SON delivers capacity optimization, 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 60 GHz 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-organizing, self-healing networks that dynamically reconfigure to optimize performance and spectral efficiency as environment or traffic levels change. Applications include small cell backhaul, FWA, enterprise networks, Wi-Fi backhaul, fiber or G-Fast extension, and CCTV backhaul.
Metnet’s discrete 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.