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Adtran and CCS collaborate on millimetre wave for 5G

At Broadband World Forum in Berlin, network specialists Adtran and Cambridge Communications announce a technology collaboration to help rapidly and cheaply deploy dense 5G networks

Open networking systems supplier Adtran and 5G millimetre-wave (mmWave) backhaul and gigabit access specialist Cambridge Communications Solutions (CCS) are to collaborate on self-organising mmWave technology for backhaul and access capabilities in future 5G mobile networks

The agreement, which was signed at Broadband World Forum 2017 in Berlin, is designed to help operators quickly and economically roll out very dense 5G networks using both wireless mesh or self-organising networks (SON), and fixed next-generation passive optical networks (NG-PON2).

This is the latest development in Adtran’s Mosaic open network alliance programme, and Adtran said bringing CCS on board would complement its existing software-defined access-based NG-PON2 system for 5G backhaul.

“The resiliency, scale and low-latency capabilities of the Adtran SD-Access-based mmWave solution makes it the clear choice for operators seeking an affordable and sustainable 5G roll-out, specifically in those instances where backhaul fibre is initially unavailable or impractical,” said Hossam Salib, vice-president of cable and wireless strategy at Adtran.

“Extending our portfolio to include Metnet – CCS’s self-organising mmWave backhaul solution – adds  a crucial wireless alternative, creating a complete customer proposition for all operators eager to execute fast, seamless deployment of dense 5G networks and other gigabit access solutions.”

Metnet will be integrated into Adtran’s Mosaic SD-access product for network management and software-defined network (SDN) control, giving existing Adtran customers the ability to use its self-organising features from the word go – meaning they can already take advantage of the collaboration for other, pre-5G network deployments, such as broadband services.

“We see this open network alliance as driving value for customers around the world by bringing together the global technology leaders for both fixed and wireless access and backhaul solutions,” said Steve Greaves, CEO at CCS.

“The combination of our pioneering wireless mesh/SON technology, with Adtran’s 5G-ready NG-PON2 solution, offers huge advantages to operators as they pursue next-generation service opportunities and roll out open, software-defined networks.”

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