Kathrein Supports 5G Test Field for TV Transmission

Kathrein is one of the partners in the research project 5G-Today. Together with Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR, Bavarian Broadcasting), the German broadcast technology institute IRT, Rohde & Schwarz and Telefónica Deutschland, the company looks into the issue of how 5G technology can be used for the transmission of broadcast content. In the Bavarian Oberland, a 5G test field will be developed, in which the broadcast mode FeMBMS (Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service) will be tested. The aim is a large-scale and economical television programme distribution on all devices.

The new 5G network standard will be the key technology for highly automated driving and IoT-connected devices. In addition, 5G also offers great potential for the efficient distribution of media content. The introduction of 5G could create a worldwide market with millions of smartphones and tablet PCs as potential TV receivers, which could attractively combine live TV services, media libraries, social networks and many other media services.


An exemplary large-scale supply will be put into practice by combining large transmitter cells with small transmitter cells. For this purpose, TV signals are broadcast as test radio on channel 56 from the BR transmitter Wendelstein and from other BR transmitter locations in the Munich area simultaneously. The start of the first broadcasts is scheduled for the end of 2018. Until then, components for sending and receiving are being developed and installed. In addition, theoretical preliminary examinations and simulations will take place.

As a supplier of mobile communication and radio technology, Kathrein can contribute its expertise from both areas. This results in synergies with the existing 5G test field in Rosenheim, which Kathrein operates for its research work. There the interaction of various services can be tested in practice.


Ralf Exler, Head of Innovation Management at Kathrein, sees this project as an important factor in the convergence of broadcasting and mobile communication: “Especially young people want to receive broadcast content on all user devices. The new standard will bring the convergent network a bit closer.” The customer does not have to worry about the ways in which he can use content. “At 5G-Today, we will be optimising the antennas and network parameters in the field, as well as testing them on the road to provide innovative technology to our automotive customers.”

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Kathrein Presents New Milestones on the Way to 5G

Kathrein demonstrates in Barcelona its technological competency in the field of 5G research, the future mobile communication standard. At the Mobile World Congress 2018, the company showcases, among other things, an innovative antenna system which combines 5G-ready MIMO technology with current mobile technology standards such as LTE (4G). In addition, Kathrein presents its Network Vision 2022 in an interactive animation, mobile communication solutions for indoor and outdoor areas, as well as automotive antenna solutions.

One of the highlights at the exhibition stand (Hall 2, Stand E30) is the innovative antenna system that Kathrein has developed in collaboration with the French telecommunications corporation Orange and network specialist Nokia. The solution enables the upgrading of existing antenna sites without additional space requirements at an optimal cost-benefit ratio. The system is the first of its kind worldwide to integrate a passive multi-band antenna and a “massive adaptive MIMO antenna”, as it is called, into a single unit.


The new technology is the basis for high-performance, ultra-broadband solutions and paves the way for the practical use of 5G technology. Orange wants to implement the system in France in the middle of 2019 at up to 30 per cent of all antenna sites. Further rollouts are planned in other European countries.

“In this pioneering project, we could bring in our decades of experience in the development, production and implementation of high-performance antennas,” says Anton Kathrein, CEO of the Kathrein Group. “5G is the key technology in the networked age. Together with our partners Nokia and Orange, we are paving the way for a multitude of new applications.”

At the MWC, Kathrein is furthermore presenting innovative mobile communication solutions for indoor and outdoor areas, which cover various frequency ranges within compact spaces and combine multiple transmission and reception antennas. In addition, the company is showcasing the latest development of the K-BOW networking solution, which can be deployed in shopping malls, public transport networks, large corporate head offices and other places. Kathrein Automotive, global market leader in automotive antenna solutions, is also exhibiting new antenna solutions in Barcelona.


The Network Vision 2022 is a high-priority issue at the exhibition stand. By means of interactive animations, the company illustrates how the communication network will develop and which requirements will result therefrom. Kathrein differentiates between four geographical situations with specific network demands: large urban areas, suburban areas, rural areas and remote areas. Already, Kathrein’s portfolio offers solutions for multiple requirements in this regard.

“We are in close contact with our partners and customers to exchange ideas and compare thoughts about our Network Vision,” says Anton Kathrein. “Our discussions lead to ever new aspects, which make our idea of the networked world of tomorrow more concrete and give us important impulses for our development work.”

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