RCR Wireless and Senza Fili Interview Kathrein’s Jim DeKoekkoek on Densification

On behalf of RCR Wireless and Senza Fili, industry analyst Monica Paolini had a conversation with Jim DeKoekkoek, Product Line Manager, Antennas and Small Cells, Kathrein. In the August 16, 2016 Analyst Angle article, Monica wrote:

At Kathrein, densification is pushing towards new antenna configuration, form factor, and location – and more generally to deploy equipment that blends in the environment or cannot be seen. In our conversation with Jim DeKoekkoek, Product Line Manager, Antennas and Small Cells, we talked about Street Connect, a solution that takes small cells below ground, protected by specially designed manholes.

This is the first step in a new way to plan for antennas. Jim told us: “in terms of new products, we are coming out with a series of antennas that I would liken to Lego blocks. They’re antennas that are designed to be mounted in hidden places. Places like behind, say, an advertising sign in an airport or some public space. You can configure them by combining them. If an operator needs more gain, or more directionality, a combination of two, or three, or four of them can be easily be placed together, or back to back. Lots of good applications, so we’re really having fun with the small cells.”

To watch the full interview and/or download the transcript, click here.

AGL Magazine Features Kathrein Street Connect solution in “Below Ground Level” Editorial

In his recent editorial in AGL Magazine, Don Bishop wrote about the irony of a below ground antenna being mentioned in AGL magazine:”The magazine’s name, AGL, stands for above ground level. Chosen to reflect its coverage of cellular and sometimes broadcast towers, the name is based on the FAA’s and the FCC’s desire to know how high a tower is above ground level.” He goes on to write,”Thanks to Kathrein, a Rosenheim, Germany-based manufacturer, now antennas are going below ground.” He continues,”The antennas, named Kathrein Street Connect, are designed to help mobile communications networks increase their capacity limits at highly frequented hotspots such as pedestrian zones.”

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