Winding Down the Year with Wireless – the Tradeshow Circuit 2015 Comes to a Close

By Capriccio Martin

It’s been a whirlwind event schedule for the past few months – especially for Kathrein, as we continue to amp up our presence at industry events.  As the oldest antenna manufacturer in the world, we feel it’s our job to share much of what has been learned over the past 100 years and translate that into our vision for 5G, massive MIMO, sectorization, concealment, mmWave, and other antenna innovations. 

We had the pleasure to attend LTE North America this week in Big D – it was a good show and we like that it is in our “backyard”.  It’s a notable industry event in that the organizers do a nice job in bringing in top notch speakers from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Telus, Sasktel and key analysts from 451 Research, iGR, Senza Fili, and Mobile Experts.

Ken Rehbehn, 451 Research, Moderator of Antenna Evolution Day at LTE North America

Ken Rehbehn, 451 Research, Moderator of Antenna Evolution Day at LTE North America

One resounding message from the Antenna Evolution Focus Day was the importance of Antenna quality in LTE and soon 5G networks.  LTE KPI’s are more stringent than 3GPP and we anticipate 5G to take things even a step further.  Be on the lookout for a new whitepaper from Kathrein that will discuss this topic in more detail.

At the show, the 5G tracks seemed to bring in the biggest audiences from what we observed and it was nice to see big interest in Public Safety as well.  Ken Rehbehn, analyst at 451 Research, as well as a fire fighter himself, tweeted eight times during the presentation from Jeff Bratcher, Acting CTO for FirstNet. It was a fantastic overview on the progress FirstNet has made.  Here’s a few key takeaways:

Acting CTO FirstNet, Jeff Bratcher

Acting CTO FirstNet, Jeff Bratcher

  1. FirstNet has $6.5 Billion to offset network costs. Cannot go back to Congress to ask for more money.
  2. There is excess capacity in the 20MHz of Band 14 and will commecialize the leftover spectrum.
  3. There are 5 Early Builder Projects and all have a Spectrum Lease Agreement (SMLA) with FirstNet: Texas, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New Mexico, Colorado.
  4. FirstNet has close ties with other countries’ public safety plans – specifically in the UK and South Korea. South Korea is pushing voice the fastest.
  5. There will be a single “awardee” to build out and manage the core network, but will incorporate teaming agreements for national, regional, and rural providers.

FirstNet Public Private Partnership Value DistributionEarly Builder Band 14 Projects from FirstNet

Recent Board Decisions Chart from FirstNet

Another recent industry event where Kathrein had the pleasure to attend, speak, and exhibit was HetNet Expo in sunny Los Angeles this past October.  As always, Tracy Ford at PCIA does an excellent job of representing the entire HetNet ecosystem via the topics and speakers. Our favorite presenter hands down was the well-spoken Marc Ganzi, CEO of Digital Bridge (which just closed on the acquisition of ExteNet Systems).  He was bullish on the industry as a whole and seemed particularly jazzed about Small Cells over the next few years. Watch here.

Marc Ganzi, CEO of Digital Bridge, shares his views of the Bandwidth Delivery Model

Marc shared his views of the Bandwidth Delivery Model and noted:

  1. We need to be creative in our 5G site offerings – multiple forms of “Site Solutions”.
  2. Need to account for MIMO in the future.
  3. CRAN and SDN are part of the future network.
  4. “Owning” the network elements and delivery is critical.
  5. “Spectral efficiencies will be where the battle will be won or lost” – efficiencies in radios, battery life, and devices.
  6. Need more Sites – Macro, Small Cell, DAS, Wi-Fi Offload.
  7. Densify and fortify the network with Small Cells – underlay networks.
  8. Wi-Fi is not going away, not a disrupter.
  9. Distributed Network Services (DNS as he calls it – not DAS) – 74,000 Active Nodes in 2014.
  10. Indoor DNS Market will grow to 12,000 locations and 133,000 nodes by 2020.

Kathrein booth at HetNet Expo 2015

We had the honor of presenting on the public safety panel at HetNet Expo 2015 that was moderated by Sandra Wendelken. Panelists were Mel Samples of CADSTAR, Ken Baker of the University of Colorado-Boulder, Jim Nevelle of Kathrein and Battalion Chief Kevin Nida of the Los Angeles Fire Department. 

HetNet Expo 2015 Public Safety Panel

Click here to watch the panel (in segments):

https://youtu.be/oBe_84HZlqM

https://youtu.be/Orunmbf7nyM

We will be sharing more in the coming months including more on Antenna evolution strategies, Multi-band Antennas, Small Cells, and the Importance of the Quality of the Network. Until then, we would like to hear from you.  Your thoughts as we wind down the wireless tradeshow circuit of 2015?

Kathrein and TESSCO Strengthen North American Channel Partnership for Wireless Densification

Channel Relationship to Increase Availability of Integral Wireless Base Station Antenna, Small Cell, and Filter Solutions

 Kathrein USA, the #1 global LTE antenna provider* and TESSCO Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ:TESS), a leading provider of the product and value chain solutions required to build, use, and maintain wireless systems, today announced that Kathrein USA’s full wireless densification portfolio is now available through TESSCO. This expanded channel relationship increases the footprint of Kathrein USA in North America, effectively addressing the needs of operators seeking the highest quality and reliability for their expanding Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) coverage challenges.

 “Kathrein’s strong market share, upmost quality, and proven innovation in wireless densification make them integral to our portfolio,” said Doug Dollenberg, Vice President of Product Management at TESSCO. “We believe that the Kathrein wireless base station antennas, small cells, and antenna line device products broaden our product offering and helps us address the needs of the explosive wireless marketplace – specifically our mobile operator, tower owner, and RF engineering customers.”

“The addition of TESSCO to our new North American Channel Program fortifies our go-to-market strategy and the importance we are placing on selecting strategic and motivated partners,” said Jim Nevelle, Kathrein’s President & CEO for North America. “We are impressed with TESSCO’s salesforce and marketing focus and we believe the team will amplify Kathrein’s reach and increase our ability to provide solutions to specialized vertical markets.” *Source: ABI research 2015  

About Kathrein

Kathrein is an innovation and technology leader in today’s connected world. Kathrein solutions enable people to globally communicate, access information, and use media at home or on the road. From mobile communications, signal processing systems and optimized data transmission in buildings; to fiber optic and cable networks and satellite reception technology; to radio and TV transmission and data reception in cars; Kathrein is a hidden champion and family-owned enterprise that has been working on the technologies of tomorrow since 1919. For more information visit: http://www.kathreinusa.com.

About TESSCO (NASDAQ: TESS)

The convergence of wireless and the Internet is revolutionizing the way we live, work and play. New systems and applications are creating challenges and opportunities at an unprecedented rate. TESSCO is there ‒ enabling organizations to capitalize on the opportunities in wireless by providing Your Total Source® of endto-end solutions. TESSCO delivers the knowledge, and product and supply chain solutions required to build, use maintain, and resell Cellular, Mobile Communications, Wi-Fi, Machine-to-Machine, Internet of Things,Wireless Backhaul, and Monitoring & Control systems. For more information, visit TESSCO.com or connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Contact Information

Capriccio Martin Kathrein USA
http://www.kathrein.com
214.238.8822  

Kelley Whalen
HyConnect for TESSCO
+1 312.274.3538  

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