Society's demand for higher performance connectivity increases every day. To prevail, we must overcome the tough economic and technical challenges of providing high-performance systems for the most challenging applications and remote regions.

With a world-class track record of designing and developing complex networks, we are ready to help you deliver vital breakthroughs at rapid pace. You might be a network equipment manufacturer, a service provider, or an enterprise. Either way, the opportunities are profound – and can be found everywhere; from consumer broadband and utilities, to logistics and beyond. Here, we share our cutting-edge expertise across networks, service enablement, applications and devices. 

Our focus areas

5G for challenging applications  

Our 5G knowhow can help you create networks in the most challenging environments to realize new business models, access new markets and secure valuable new revenue streams. We’ll fast-track you to resilient, high-performance wide-area communications systems with minimal risk. And we’ll maximize bandwidth efficiency within strict economic constraints.

How? By drawing on our deep expertise in the system design of end-to-end cellular networks. From air interface to groundside network equipment, from service managements platforms right down to the silicon. We are adept at turning advanced architectures, including O-RAN solutions, into commercial reality.

Private cellular networks

Plenty of people talk digitalization and automation. We bring it to life. With our deep knowledge of designing and developing end-to-end private cellular networks, we combine cellular standards with customization for the strictest use case requirements.

We can help you develop networks that will act as the cornerstone of digital transformation for your industry. We’re adept at developing terminal equipment, so we understand first-hand the demand for each deployment to be de-risked, secure, and fit for purpose. The way to commercial success is smoothed by our decades of experience in complex, heavily regulated markets.

Intelligent antennas 

This is an incredibly challenging area – but the benefits are vast. Witness our ground-breaking development of an advanced beamforming antenna to deliver 5G from the stratosphere. Quite simply an out of this world example of our expertise. Such beam steering techniques enable robust, ubiquitous network coverage – even when tracking track fast moving objects like planes or other satellites – complete with maximized data rates and high reliability. 

We are able to forge these breakthroughs by bringing together in-house experts in intelligent antenna design. Our multidisciplinary team will help you model, develop and test full-scale systems for low-cost, high-volume production.

Connected devices 

IoT adoption continues to accelerate across industrial automation, logistics and cutting-edge medical technology. When you are set to make your move, we can share our unrivalled understanding of the complex trade-offs between size, power cost and performance necessary to create breakthrough connected products and services.

We have decades of experience in both consumer and industrial markets – so we know that your success will depend on secure, robust communication platforms; small, power-efficient devices; and intelligent digital services that add significant value.

AI and data insights 

Gathering data is getting ever easier and commonplace – but working out how to extract maximum value from it is tougher than ever. You can rely on our skills in AI, data science, business analysis and system analysis to help reveal the gold dust and turn it into system enhancements that transform networks.

This can help you achieve a range of goals: intent-based networks; network automation; enhanced customer services; improved link efficiency; and advantages such as predictive maintenance to name a few. 

Service management  

Getting this right is crucial to improving the quality of experience for users and creating competitive advantage. With proven expertise in digital service innovation, we build highly intelligent service management platforms that respond to user demands. They deliver real-time insight to enable you to extract value from service data and improve performance functionality.

Our skills in UX, cloud, data science and AI help you optimize and automate key functions so you can simplify management and enhance service delivery. The benefits? Delighted customers, new markets and new revenue streams.

How we work

Our services span the full cycle… from strategic consulting that helps you discover the most valuable path forward, to technical development that brings your vision to life. We’ll guide you all the way through design for manufacture, the management of manufacture and on to any ongoing support you need.

A passion for excellence and radical innovation characterizes every project, whether you need to develop high-performance network equipment or create a breakthrough digital service to expand into a new market. We’ll complement your ambitions to deliver your most challenging mission-critical project. 

Tech, tools & facilities

O-RAN sandbox

O-RAN testbed

The Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) testbed is a complete 5G private network, from internet to user equipment. The cloud-based network implements a disaggregated radio access network (RAN), using an O-RAN architecture, integrated with a 5G core. Through the network, we can simulate performance of virtual or physical network technologies, providing a deep understanding of the complex interactions with O-RAN networks and helping our clients develop high performance solutions. 

Anechoic test chamber (Stargate Satimo)

Anechoic test chamber

Our custom anechoic radio and antenna test chamber is a highly sophisticated 5m cube. Inside, we carry out automated three-dimensional measurement and visualization of wireless device behavior and test body-worn technology using body phantoms or real live test subjects. This helps us to understand and optimize real-word RF performance of products such as smart implants (including implanted telemetry), connected drug delivery devices and wearables.

AI infrastructure datalab

AI infrastructure

Our onsite compute infrastructure allows us to explore options, train and test models more rapidly and get better results.


We run petaflop-scale, containerised compute on site, with multiple NVIDIA DGX-1 Deep Learning Supercomputers and other GPU and FPGA-accelerated servers. This links to petabyte-scale local NetApp storage, project-specific cloud and our continuous integration systems.

Rapid software development

Rapid software development tools

We employ a range of rapid software development tools specifically designed for fast connected product development. Specific tools include FSMGen and Datascript.

News & insights

intent-based networking

A new way forward for industry: the pervasive intelligence of evolved intent-based networking

Jul 4, 2022

This paper outlines our concept of ‘evolved intent-based networks’ – utilising pervasive intelligence from across an entire communications network to automate configuration that supports a specific set business of requirements. The ability to assure a specific service and experience level offers huge opportunities.

  • AI & Analytics
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital service innovation
  • Radio systems
Summary ORAN

RIC and roll: how to unlock the true value of O-RAN

Jun 24, 2022

This whitepaper explores the critical role that the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) plays in transforming the network and empowering operators to create and monetise distinctive service propositions. In other words, it’s the RIC that can unlock the true value of the “open” proposition of  Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN).

  • AI & Analytics
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital service innovation
  • Radio systems
Press release

Cambridge Consultants building the world’s largest commercial airborne antenna

Nov 2, 2020

Cambridge Consultants working in collaboration with Stratospheric Platforms Ltd unveils a wireless antenna unlike anything seen before, delivering affordable 5G connectivity from a fleet of zero-emissions aircraft. 

Bench to Scale workshop for start ups

From bench to scale: our workshop insights for tough tech start ups

Apr 25, 2023

It soon becomes crunch time for an entrepreneurial start up with a ground-breaking idea in tough tech innovation. While exploring some of the details of CC’s workshop approach, Roger Mainwaring-Burton reveal the secrets of taking a product, service or company from benchtop to scale to success in the market…

  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
  • Project management
  • Strategic advice

Case studies


Welcome to the office in the sky

The office in the sky has arrived. This is the story of an extraordinary business travel transformation – courtesy of office-grade, multi-Mbps inflight connectivity with minimal latency. 

Wireless breakthrough for the Ocado Smart Platform

A world-first in radio design helps transform online grocery across the globe

The world’s largest commercial airborne antenna

Beaming 5G from the stratosphere

Iridium Extreme satellite phone

The first truly global ‘Push-To-Talk’ mobile communications system


LEO satellite connectivity

Realizing the vision of LEO satellite connectivity

Feb 17, 2022

Excitement reverberates around the prospect of ubiquitous connectivity, with cellular coverage direct from satellites to standard IoT devices and ultimately, even smartphones. The big question is – how do we as an industry ensure such promise is turned to commercial reality? Join our webinar to learn more and hear from those leading this race. 

Open RAN Mobile World Live

Unlocking the true value of Open RAN – it's all about the RIC

May 25, 2022

Open RAN offers a huge opportunity, but to unlock the true value we must streamline the implementation of new suppliers and a disruptive technology. The good news is that a solution is in sight. The RAN intelligent controller (RIC) is the key to enabling true openness, innovation and differentiation.

Join our webinar, where we highlight the benefits that RIC platforms enable, with a focus on improved quality of experience and the creation of services that fuel new applications and revenue growth.

utility networks

How the wireless supply chain can transform utility networks for the modern world

Sep 22, 2022

Utilities are changing and their communication networks must evolve to support increases in demand, higher expectations on resilience and security, new distributed forms of power generation and various requirements posed by sustainability. Wireless technology suppliers have a massive opportunity to support this transformation, enabling new utility use cases and a sharper focus on long term growth. Join our upcoming webinar for more insights.


AI & Big Data Expo

Dec 1, 2022 - Dec 2, 2022

Join Tim Ensor and Maya Dillan at the AI & Big Data Expo as they delve into the transformation and acceleration of AI and digital technologies