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.
Facebook’s Connectivity Lab reported that it has achieved its fasted speeds yet in wireless data transfer during the second day of the F8 2017 Facebook Developer Conference held this week in San Jose, California.
Those marks included a point-to-point data rate of 36 Gbps over 8 miles with millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology, and 80 Gbps between those same points using our optical cross-link technology. Last year, Facebook tested a terrestrial point-to-point link in Southern California, which achieved a data rate of nearly 20 Gbps over 8 miles using mmWaves.
The lab team also used the technology to demonstrate 16 Gbps simultaneously in each direction from a location on the ground to a circling Cessna aircraft more than 4 miles away. This real-life test showed how the point-to-point MMW radio link can be used as the connection between a ground station and Aquila, Facebook’s solar powered UAV.
Closer to home, the mmWave technology could be used as a terrestrial backhaul network to support access solutions like OpenCellular, according to Facebook, or as a reliable backup to free space optical solutions. It seems only appropriate that Facebook is helping design faster wireless networks, since it plans on adding to the glut of data soon to go down those pipes.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg told the F8 audience about a number of virtual reality (VR) and augment reality (AR) apps that will amuse and inform users, as well as increase data use.
Features to be rolled out to users include virtual chess games, virtual hangout rooms with you and your friends’ customized avatars to an AR app for jogging designed by Nike. While it is difficult to discern which of these will take off like the Pokemon Go app, one thing seems for sure. These are the use cases that may drive the demand for data and provide a reason for the carriers to build out 5G networks.