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Dr. John Naylon, CTO and co-founder, Cambridge Broadband Networks discusses why education is at the heart of the digital economy

The introduction of the internet into classrooms is a necessity for the digitisation of education. Much of the modern-day curriculum now incorporates online courses and requires students to have access to the web.

The development of better and more accessible internet access has tangible advantages for education. Teachers and students have new ways to study, plan class activities and present information. Web-based classes, interactive teaching and streamlined research methods are just a few examples of the positive impact being online has for education.

Connecting Africa

Every school child should be able to experience the benefits of this technology. According to the United Nations’ The State of Broadband report, 76% of European citizens do currently have access to the internet. Yet, by contrast, just 21.8% of citizens in Africa have internet access and, more surprising still, 52% of the world's population still have no internet access at all.

The link between internet access and the expansion of digital education, not to mention economic growth, are facts universally acknowledged. In fact, the digital dividend stipulates that, controlling for other factors, a 10% increase in broadband penetration causes GDP to increase by at least 1.4%. For communities in Africa that still lack connectivity, this represents a huge opportunity.

ProRail rolls out new CCTV system at major rail stations in the Netherlands

ProRail is rolling out CBNL’s 26GHz point-to-multipoint technology to provide connectivity for new CCTV deployment across 15 railway stations. Using CBNL's VectaStar network, ProRail has connected over 200 CCTV cameras to date. These cameras are sited both inside and outside major railway stations in the country including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Eindhoven.

In an interview with Lightreading CBNL sets out its roadmap to 5G Fixed Wireless Access and talks through its new residential FWA and smart city products.

5G FWA reaches its tipping point

“We think concatenated networks are really likely. That’s where you have a licensed middle mile - which gives you most of the quality you need - and you then use unlicensed spectrum at the edge where you need to distribute signal to the final few homes at minimal cost.

“With this approach there’s no additional spectrum costs and there’s no scaling problem since you just want to cover a very small area with unlicensed where there’s unlikely to be any interference problem.

“That seems to us like a good model and we’ve seen one wireless operator in the US where they have 25 thousand subscribers on a network using 28 GHz licensed spectrum and 5 GHz unlicensed. You can mix and match so that you can use licensed spectrum to support business customers and then maybe unlicensed spectrum for consumers. The point is that different bands have genuinely different properties.”

Another new business model that builds on the old is fixed wireless access (FWA). Already quite well advanced, with LTE links providing cable/DSL speeds to businesses and homes, the biggest upside for 5G is its new radio bands, especially in the higher, millimetre-wave 28GHz and upward spectrum. One company that's already building out 5G FWA is CBNL, a Cambridge UK-based manufacturer that has pre-5G systems with hundreds of operators in more than 50 countries. It considers the fibre-like speeds achievable match well with the halo effect of 4G's mobile broadband becoming widely accepted. With fixed installations, there's a lot of flexibility about antenna size and power usage, which can push the usable range of millimetre wave links to kilometers.

5G mmWave Fixed Wireless Access in Africa

Like all new technologies, 5G has been accompanied by a gassy wave of hype. It’s now at the moment when the hype has to convert into actual business cases. Russell Southwood spoke to Dr John Naylon, CTO and Founder of CBNL and a member of the Advisory Board of UK5G about the timelines for Africa and what revenue case might work best.

5G will provide flexible, ubiquitous high-speed connectivity, which will allow diverse ecosystems such as smart cities to be connected using the same underlying platform

skyline of Lagos, Nigeria

The world’s largest African tech event, AfricaCom, is next week and CBNL is gearing up to discuss how fixed wireless access (FWA) is poised to replace legacy copper infrastructure in Africa. And also by using the mmWave spectrum bands,to deliver the first 5G commercial networks.

Already a $5.7B annual market in Africa, the Fixed Broadband market continues to grow at 10 per cent per annum. Crucially, point-to-multipoint FWA is quick to deploy, highly cost-effective and holds the potential to have an immediate and positive impact in Africa.

CBNL believes it could be the transformational technology enabling the rollout of high-speed broadband for the whole continent, as well as a significant new revenue opportunity for operators.

CBNL wins a 2018 World Communications Award for its Smart City deployment in Poland. The platform is a city-wide network powered by 26GHz point-to-multipoint technology and supports full smart city functionality.

The judges said the deployment was....."A very solid and effective programme to deliver the connectivity performance that smart cities need, and an interesting blueprint for 5G in the double-digit GHz bands.”

CBNL provided:-
- high capacity coverage across the entire city of up to 300Mbps uplink and 300Mbps downlink.
- 500+ free Wi-Fi hot spots
- every public education facility received broadband of up to 200Mbps.
- 400 CCTV cameras, 54 traffic lights and 195 traffic information displays created a safer and more efficient transport system.

Rzeszów’s approach to municipal connectivity has transformed the city.

This article is in Spanish. Contact us at for a copy of the English transcript.

Para que las ciudades de Argentina sean sustentables, primero deben ser inteligentes

¿Qué te viene a la mente cuando piensas en la sustentabilidad? ¿Cómo frenar la contaminación? ¿Está prohibiendo los desechos industriales? ¿Filtrando plástico del océano? ¿Un impuesto sobre las bolsas de plástico para fomentar su reutilización? Puede ser todo o nada de lo anterior, pero es poco probable que sean redes inalámbricas.

New market report: The outlook for FWA in a 5G world

With the pending launch of the first 5G commercial networks in the US, the fixed wireless access (FWA) market has heated up considerably. The expectation is that the first 5G commercial networks will be fixed wireless networks using the mmWave spectrum bands.

The bands that CBNL pay the most attention to and have developed solutions for, both in the US and internationally, are between 10 GHz and 40 GHz. The bands between 24 GHz and 47 GHz are really what the FCC has set up to support 5G strategies and allow the operators to begin their deployments in earnest,” said James Childs, VP of US Strategy for Cambridge Broadband Networks Limited, or CBNL.

A smart city case study for mmWave

As with 3G and 4G that came before it, much of the anticipation of 5G surrounds its numerous advanced mobile applications. However, for the first time, 5G could also transform Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) – a term that refers to the connection of two or more fixed locations (such as buildings) using a wireless network. Differing from a 5G mobile network in that the endpoints don’t move, 5G FWA is touted to deliver throughput, latency and reliability equivalent to fibre, at a lower cost. With such an attractive proposition, it’s no surprise that the use cases for 5G FWA are endless.

CBNL's mmWave FWA makes shortlist of World Communications Awards

CBNL's mmWave FWA makes shortlist of World Communications Awards for pioneering smart city deployment in Poland

CBNL says it is able to support all mmWave bands from 24-40 GHz

....... watching the FCC’s upcoming 28 GHz auction and subsequently the 24 GHz auction is Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL), which has been working in the fixed wireless access and millimeter wave space for more than 10 years. CBNL, an early pioneer in millimeter wave, says it’s unique in that it’s able to support all mmWave bands from 24-40 GHz with deployments across FCC and ETSI-targeted bands.

VanillaPlus managing editor George Malim reports from CBNL's roundtable to discuss the findings of their research and the prospects for fixed wireless access in the era of virtualisation and 5G

Vodafone Watch speaks to Dr. John Naylon, CTO and founder of CBNL, about development of the company's wireless equipment vendor’s account with Vodafone, and how it is evolving its high‑band product portfolio as operators move towards general-purpose networks and 5G.

How high frequencies offer a transformational path to 5G backhaul and fixed wireless