The Mobile Carriers Show 2016: Benefitting Both the Wireless Industry AND the Local Community

Music City Center, Nashville, TN- Home of the MCA Show 2016

The Focus: Smart Strategies, Technology Innovations, and Business Opportunities

It’s hard to find a Wireless Event that benefits industry participants and the local community, but that is exactly what made the CCA (Competitive Carrier Association’s) Mobile Carriers Show 2016 a complete success.  The show was held in downtown Nashville, TN at the Music City Center. It’s the only North America Wireless event to focus exclusively on Smart Strategies, Technology Innovations, and Business Opportunities for carriers.  With over 100 carriers in attendance, representing over 100 million customers, it was a great opportunity for Kathrein to network with key carriers and discuss the best ways of meeting their needs, as well as their customers, in this ever changing industry.

The conference sessions centered on 5G, IoT, Small Cells and bridging Cellular Networks with the benefits of WiFi Access Points.  One of the highlights of the show was the Volunteer Day, which presented a great opportunity for attendees to roll-up their sleeves and work side-by-side with friends (new and old), peers, competitors, and most importantly, to give back to the Nashville community.

It’s All About the Kids

This year’s event was for the benefit of the [] Napier Elementary School in downtown Nashville.  Located in the center of a low income area, the school serves as a “Safe Zone” not only for the students, but also for the surrounding community, a multi-generational poverty/99% minority population.  During his introductory comments, Steve Berry, President/CEO of CCA, explained that through volunteer donations and CCA funding, a total of $10,000 was donated to Napier Elementary School.  It would have taken many months of applying for grant money to accomplish what the volunteers were able to complete in a single day.  Activities included:

  • Mulching around trees, shrubs, the playground area and the entrance to the school
  • Painting the gym equipment in playground area
  • Stenciling and painting basketball court lines, number learning games such as Hopscotch and Four-Square
  • Building a 3-D Learning Tree for the school’s front entrance interior
  • Assembling Word Books (enabling every student to issued their own book of core words)
Front Entrance to Napier Elementary School

Volunteers arrriving at Napier Elementary School- Nashville, TN


Jay Clark, Regional Sales Rep for Kathrein, shoveled and hauled mulch and assisted with refurbishing the basketball court.  “We even got creative and added an “N” at the center of the basketball court.  With some engineers present, it was a perfect design…” Once the outdoor projects were completed, Jay joined in on the Word Book assembly that took place in the cafeteria, all to the beat of Johnny Cash cranking on a boom box.

Congratulations to Steve Berry and the CCA staff, fellow volunteers, and the students, families and staff of Napier Elementary.   The show not only was very well received by the companies attending, but made a powerful impact on Napier Elementary School, in the heart of Nashville.





Steve Berry gives donation check for 10k to Napier Elementary

Steve Berry, President & CEO of CCA presenting Napier Elementary School with $10K donation

Volunteering at Napier Elementary School

MCA Volunteers at Napier Elementary School

Adding the N to the basketball court

Adding the “N” to the basketball court



It’s Showtime: Broadcasters, Bidders and Equipment Vendors Prepare for 600 MHz Auction

Salt Lake City Kathrein broadcast antenna installation site

TV station owners are keeping teams of lawyers and bankers busy as they evaluate their opportunities in the government’s upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction. It’s a show well worth watching, because those opportunities will find their way to tower companies and equipment vendors soon enough.

The 600 MHz auction, also called the broadcast incentive auction, is a way to move low-band spectrum into the hands of those who value it most, the mobile network operators. The Federal Communications Commission will act as the middleman, buying the spectrum from TV broadcasters and reselling it to mobile operators. Net proceeds from the broadcast incentive auction will be used to fund public safety networks and to reduce the U.S. federal deficit.

FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction




Broadcasters who choose to participate in the auction have three choices: they can relinquish their spectrum and go off the air, they can relinquish spectrum and start sharing another station’s channel, or they can relinquish spectrum and start broadcasting on a different channel assigned by the FCC. Station owners have already told the FCC whether they will participate in the auction, and whether or not they plan to share a channel with another licensee after the auction.

Each local market will have a reverse auction and a forward auction. In the reverse auction, the FCC will set an opening bid. This bid is the maximum amount at which the government is willing to buy spectrum in that market. Stations will tell the FCC whether they would be willing to sell at that price. Then the agency will offer a lower price, and will note how many stations remain willing sellers at the lower price. The FCC will keep lowering the price until no stations indicate interest.

Next the forward auction will begin. Based on the input it received from the broadcasters, the FCC will set an opening price in each market and see how many bidders would be willing to buy spectrum at that price. The agency will adjust the price upward until it strikes a balance between supply and demand, and then it will finalize the sales price.

Once the sales are finalized the repacking process begins, and with it the opportunities for antenna vendors and tower crews. The FCC will repack full power and Class A TV stations that remain on the air so that they occupy a smaller portion of the UHF band. Congress has earmarked $1.75 billion for repacking, and some broadcasters think it could cost even more.

One thing is clear: many broadcasters will need to change the antennas on their towers because different antennas support different frequency bands. The 54-88 MHz bands support channels 2-6 in the United States, the 174 – 216 MHz bands support channels 7-13, and the 470-698 MHz bands support channels 14-51. The channels above 37 are set to go away as the spectrum is transferred to mobile operators. So antennas supporting frequency bands above 613 MHz may no longer be needed by broadcasters, and new antennas may be needed to support the lower bands.

Broadcast Antennas are a “Different Animal”

Broadcast antennas are much larger than cellular antennas, and have been described by the National Association of Tower Erectors as a “whole different animal” compared to cellular antennas. Kathrein is one of a handful of companies that makes these antennas, as several manufacturers left the market when the broadcast television market slowed down.

Now that construction activity on TV towers is set to pick up again, tower crews and antenna makers alike will need to be ready. Broadcast towers are among the tallest structures in the United States, and transporting massive antennas to the tops of these towers is complex and potentially dangerous work.

Not all the new broadcast antennas deployed as part of the repacking process will be placed on tower tops or side-mounted. Skyscrapers in most major U.S. cities support broadcast antennas as well.

The Biggest Repacking Process Challenge: The Schedule

Perhaps the most challenging part of the repacking process will be the schedule. The FCC plans to give repacked stations 39 months to migrate to new spectrum. Three years and 3 months is not long enough, according to industry veterans inside and outside the broadcasting business.

AT&T has questioned the 39-month time frame, and the National Association of Broadcasters has lobbied for more time. While 39 months might be enough time for a station to successfully clear its spectrum, there is concern that a shortage of trained workers will mean that some stations will have to wait. An even more serious concern is that the deadline pressure will prompt crews to send inadequately trained workers onto towers, jeopardizing their safety.

The National Association of Broadcasters estimates that 445 TV stations could successfully be repacked within a 39-month timeframe. But the trade association projects that 850-1,150 stations may need to move to new frequency bands.

The FCC may have to adjust its timeline once it knows how many stations will actually be moving to new bands. These numbers will start to emerge once the 600 MHz show hits the road in cities all over America. The reverse auctions are set to begin March 29.

Visit Kathrein at the NAB Show

Kathrein will be exhibiting the latest in Broadcast Antenna Solutions at the upcoming NAB show in April. Click here for a free pass or schedule an appointment with us at the show. See you in Vegas baby!



Kathrein USA Meets Austin, Texas

It has been a busy start of the year for Kathrein USA with the Verizon IBTUF Event and the Kathrein USA Quarterly Sales Meeting both taking place in awesome Austin Texas, the “Live Music Capital of the World”  –  nice change of pace from the usual Las Vegas craziness for tradeshows.  The two events also had a common theme:  How to Meet the Challenge of Growing Mobile Data Usage by Supplying Strategic Solutions (such as Kathrein USA’s antenna and filter products).

Kathrein USA’s Inaugural IBTUF 

It was Kathrein USA’s first time attending IBTUF (In Building Technical Users Forum), and the tenth IBTUF hosted by Verizon Wireless.  It was an unqualified success, as this Verizon specific show had exhibits and technical presentations on par with the best industry tradeshows. 

The Kathrein booth was not the only one featuring Kathrein antennas- ConcealFab, located down the hall, also featured Kathrein antennas with the ConcealFab enclosures designed for Passive Intermodulation (PIM) performance and mechanical integrity – a great fit for Kathrein’s antennas and filters.   

There were numerous discussion opportunities among vendors around the best way to combine complementary products for Verizon’s  densification initiatives.  As an example, CablCon provided an immediate “consultation’ for new jumpers with 4.3-10 DIN connectors that Kathrein needed for a Verizon trial in Detroit the following week. 

KUSA booth at IBTUF

Kathrein USA’s booth at IBTUF

Of all of the IBTUF presentations, a favorite was “Spectrum – Where are We? Where are we Headed?” with Scott Townley, Fellow, Network Technology, RF Technology Planning, Verizon.  Scott gave indications of future directions of the Verizon network and what Verizon vendors need to do to meet those needs.  Starting with the fact that mobile data usage will increase fivefold over the next five years, Scott showed the need for network densification to properly handle this increasing data demand.

Scott went on to reveal the “densest square mile” in various cities requiring network densification – Western US cities that many in the audience believed to be quite spread out, such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Seattle and Denver. According to Scott Townley, “Microcell is happening” almost everywhere (not just in the biggest cities).  Kathrein’s new small cell antennas and filter solutions fit nicely with this widespread need for network densification.

Scott Townley presentation for IBTUF

Scott Townley- Spectrum Presentation: IBTUF


RF solution providers, such as Kathrein USA, were very interested in Tom Bell’s (Anritsu) presentation that made a clear case for the importance of improving PIM, as more carriers are added at each site as network densification occurs.   Tom pointed out additional challenges, such as Intermodulation products derived from the new FirstNet spectrum, that will be added for public safety considerations in future network designs.  Again, Kathrein is leading the way with PIM performance by constantly improving manufacturing techniques and using components like the 4.3-10 DIN connector (all of which Kathrein tests extensively in the lab and in the field before deploying).  To view a video explaining how Kathrein solves PIM issues with the 4.3-10 connector, click here.

Austin- The Perfect Place for a Quarterly Sales Meeting

After IBTUF, Kathrein USA remained in Austin to kick off 2016 with our Annual Sales Meeting.  This continued the theme of Kathrein USA supporting the wireless industry with new products to provide solutions for increased mobile traffic needs in the coming years.  Kathrein’s innovative Product Roadmap, with new small cell antennas alongside existing macro and higher port size antennas, fits the bill for the densification of networks.    

The Sales Meeting included the Executive team, Regional Sales Managers, Marketing, Technical Support, Sales Engineering and Customer Service; employees from all over the United States and Rosenheim, Germany.  One of the most anticipated sessions was Stefan Kohl’s Kathrein Product Roadmap.  Mr. Kohl,  Kathrein Germany’s Head of Sales for Mobile Communications, laid out an exciting plan for new solutions and updates to existing solutions. 

Stefan Kohl at KUSA sales meeting

Stefan Kohl, Head of Sales-Mobile Communications, Kathrein

For the Small Cell and oDAS antenna products, there are many new developments for existing antenna designs.  Kathrein’s lineup of Slim Pole antennas, Smart Pipe antennas, “Super” Canister antennas, F-Panel antennas and the new Kathrein Street Connect antenna all have product enhancements in 2016.  The classic Canister antenna is now going into production with extended high band frequencies to extend performance to 2690 MHz.  There are also plans to extend the Slim Pole and Smart Pipe antennas to the lower frequency bands.  The latest Kathrein Street Connect antenna system provides a great solution for difficult zoning situations and will be deployed in the United States this year after successful trials in Switzerland.  The current version of these antennas can be viewed in the Kathrein Catalog.  Kathrein has also continued research and development on their line of Filter products to support and supplement the antenna products. 

Concurrently, Kathrein development proceeds full steam ahead with its roster of macro cell antennas featuring 8-port, 10-port and 12-port antennas, as well as improvements to existing antennas (e.g. starting preparation for the 600 MHz auction).   Kathrein macro cell antennas, with increasing numbers of ports, allow for increased network data requirements in their own way by increasing the spectrum possibilities and carrier aggregation. Again, Kathrein Filter products play an important role in providing a complete system solution. 

At Kathrein USA, the motto is “Work Hard, Play Hard”, so after a full day of informative presentations and meetings, the team enjoyed an evening of “Top Golf”, regardless of their golfing ability. 

KUSA employees at Austin capital building

KUSA Executives, Sales, Engineering, and Marketing teams at the Texas State Capital in Austin

top golf montage

Ron Zielke, KUSA CFO and longtime employee takes his golf seriously, Cisco Ortiz, Sales Engineer and newest KUSA employee, not so much. Scott Nagel, Content Marketing Manager, perfecting his Dr. Jekyl jelly filled donut.



Both the Verizon Wireless IBTUF and the Kathrein USA Communications Sales Meeting highlighted the importance of Kathrein providing new antenna and filter solutions for the ever increasing mobile data demand in 2016 and beyond.







The Holidays: A Time to be Thankful for Innovation

“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”  Theodore Levitt

We get so busy this time of year, but we want to take a moment to reflect on the technological breakthroughs that we’ve seen in such a short amount of time.  As consumers, so many of the gifts we give include the latest technology innovations (new phones, electric cars, not to mention all the toys.)  We all seem to have the “need for speed,” and that will continue to fuel our wireless industry.  But let’s take a moment to think back to how things were not that long ago, and how innovation has drastically changed our lives.

You Can Never Go Back!

Can you imagine going back to the cellular days when you paid roaming fees when you left the state?  We counted every minute we were on the phone and every text message we sent… there were no unlimited plans!  And the signal was analog- we actually heard noise and static! Remember when 56K was about the fastest internet speed you could get at home?  In the late 90s, you could have a BRI circuit installed and have 128K of bandwidth- speed that made the neighbors jealous (but was quite expensive).

How about the days before USB and HDMI?  Cables had a million pins in them and you had to worry about port availability and setting dip switches to add peripheral devices to your computer. Your choice of connections? Parallel or serial.

Before the days of LTE and even 3G, webpages took at least 30 seconds to render on smartphones… and that was impressive in 2007!  Today, we would throw our phone away if web pages took that long to view.

Continual Innovation is Critical on “the Road” to 5G

Theodore Levitt once said, “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” Just last week Kathrein introduced Street Connect:  a new, literally ground-breaking solution that is not only turning heads, but turning the antenna industry upside down.

Kathrein announces

Kathrein’s Street Connect Antenna

Building on a legacy of 100 years of quality and innovation, Kathrein has created an in-ground microcell antenna system in which the base station is incorporated into what appears as a typical manhole cover. It has been specially designed for ease of deployment and to withstand weather, road vibration, and heavy road cargo weight.

Street Connect is the ideal solution for congested cities and urban hotspots and it resolves cumbersome zoning restrictions and site acquisition issues because the antenna is deployed in the ground. Thorough testing and site trials in conjunction with Swisscom have proven the safety and effectiveness of Street Connect in even the most adverse conditions and situations. As an example, Street Connect tests well below SAR thresholds and still performs if the antenna is covered by a parked vehicle or truck.

To learn more, please email us at or click here for our recent announcement. 

Happy Holidays from Kathrein!

It’s fun to look back and wonder how we could have possibly survived in the early days of computers and wireless technology. Yet there’s no doubt we will look back at 2015 someday and wonder how we made it with the technology of today.   It takes innovative leaders and companies to bring about the amazing technology we see today.  And at Kathrein, the innovation continues.  We wish you and your families a very safe and relaxing holiday season and a prosperous New Year in 2016!

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):

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?

Roughing it at our Sales Conference in Cancun!

by Scott Nagel

Welcome to our first edition and inaugural Kathrein USA Blog!  The Wireless Industry is changing so fast, that it’s not only interesting from a pure technology perspective, but it is absolutely entertaining. Our goal is to provide a blog that addresses these industry trends while having a lot of fun along the way!    Here we go…

Viva Mexico!

Two weeks ago we had the chance to join our Kathrein family for our annual Sales Conference in Cancun, Mexico (yeah, we know – we have it rough). Our diverse team consists of employees from Germany, South America, Australia, Mexico, and the United States.   In the day and age of webinars, virtual conferences, and video chatting, sometimes real FACE TIME is not only refreshing, but absolutely worth the travel costs, as true team building is much easier when a team can actually meet in person to brainstorm and enjoy fun, team-building activities.

Good Morning Cancun Day 1Work Hard, Play Hard

We spent most of the week in meetings enjoying presentations from our leadership, brainstorming in small teams, and engaging in fun, team-building activities (like building an antenna out of cardboard, police tape, and paper!)  Just like our normal work weeks, we were able to get a lot  done, while having a great time.  Back in the 90s, W. Edwards Deming noted that, “The prevailing system of management has crushed fun out of the workplace.”  We learned first hand that hard work and fun don’t have to be mutually exclusive.  On Friday, we spent half a day at XCARET, a beautiful water park, floating down the river (while bats swooped overhead), enjoying SNUBA , and a thrilling dinner show!

Let’s Get Ready for 2016!

Our sales conference helped us set plans and actions in motion as 2016 will be here before we know it.  Our brainstorming sessions united us, as we further develop our plans to stay ahead of the “innovation curve” and attack the changing wireless landscape in areas such as 5G, HetNets, Small Cells, IoT, and DAS.  Working with a truly international team is helping our sales and marketing teams learn Best Practices  from all over the globe, as we continue to lead the way with the industry’s highest quality antenna solutions. Next year we will meet in Brazil.  Thank you Rafael Rojo, who planned the entire week, and cheers to Wilson Conti, who has been passed the torch for 2016! Watch out Rio, HERE WE COME!

XCARET Dinner Show- Capriccio Martin-Kathrein USA, Anton Kathrein-Kathrein, Rosenheim, Jon Reedy-Kathrein USA, Frank Weber-Kathrein, Rosenheim, Joerg Lippert-Kathrein, Rosenheim

XCARET Dinner Show- Capriccio Martin-Kathrein USA, Anton Kathrein-Kathrein, Rosenheim, Jon Reedy-Kathrein USA, Frank Weber-Kathrein, Rosenheim, Joerg Lippert-Kathrein, Rosenheim





Kathrein Announces 8-Port Availability and Showcases at CTIA 2015

Attendees can experience new 8-Port, 10-Port, and 12-Port Base Station Antennas

Richardson, Texas – September 3, 2015
Kathrein USA, the world leader in LTE antenna innovation and deployments (Source: ABI Research 2015), is exhibiting the latest innovations in wireless densification at the upcoming Super Mobility Week being held September 9-11 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. At the Kathrein USA booth (#3632) attendees can experience an extensive portfolio of wireless solutions including the next generation of the company’s LTE and FirstNet ready antennas, small cell, and filter products.

Using LTE for the 700 MHz broadband public-safety network provides agencies with a number of key benefits, not the least of which is the ability to take advantage of the rapidly expanding cellular infrastructure. And as broadband/LTE communication becomes increasingly critical to public safety, Kathrein endeavors to provide the foundation for the FirstResponder network with the availability of the new 8-Port (Octo-port) antennas.
Kathrein’s innovative technical design lowers CAPEX by allowing mobile operators to increase supported frequency bands while at the same time reducing antenna counts all without compromising performance. This ultimately enables existing antenna-constrained sites to be upgraded to LTE and at the same time support on-going public safety efforts.

Kathrein’s family of 8-port antennas supports all major air-interface standards worldwide for both high and low band frequency applications including: 700 LTE, 850 (including FirstNet public safety band 14 frequencies), unpaired AWS-3 spectrum (1695-1710 MHz), AWS-4 (2180-2200) MHz, WCS band (23002360 MHz) and BRS band (2496-2690 MHz). Also of note is Kathrein’s continuously adjustable RET capability with independent e-tilt adjustment for each band (including 700 and 850 MHz).

With the release of our 8-Port multiband antennas, mobile operators can deploy all their bands and technologies on fewer antennas without compromise to their network quality and reassurance of the customer service goals.” said Jim Nevelle, President and CEO of Kathrein USA. “Wireless operators can now extract the maximum capacities from their existing physical sites without incurring the cost of tower upgrades or complex and costly RF design schemes.”

Kathrein USA also will also showcase its extensive portfolio of filters, combiners, and DTMAs, all of which are PIM optimized and engineered for macro, small cell, outdoor DAS and in-building needs.

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:

Kathrein supports the network densification integral to 5G – RCR Wireless

Kathrein antennas for small cells and outdoor distributed antenna systems provide on-demand capacity in an easily concealed solution

Network densification, marked by increasing deployments of small cells and distributed antenna systems, is a key component of an ultimate 5G standard. As carriers race to not only lay the foundation for 5G, but also improve coverage and capacity for existing mobile networks, picking the best hardware is a critical task. With a century of experience supplying telecommunications infrastructure, there’s good reason why ABI Research, in a recent report, found that Kathrein has delivered 24.8% of LTE antennas around the world—that reason is an unwavering dedication to quality. Jim Nevelle, President and CEO of Kathrein USA, told RCR Wireless News, “One of the things Kathrein is known for throughout the wireless sector is that we are viewed as the quality standard. Our products are known for high quality, high performance and reliability. We also view ourselves as one of the innovators in the space of mobile communications from tower design to connected car to multi-faceted emerging technologies like 5G.” Kathrein is investing heavily in making its cutting edge products available to service providers around the world. To support that effort, the company in March 2015 kicked off production at a $29 million facility in Mexico, in the process creating 400 new jobs and bolstering the ability to serve the North American market. Nevelle said Kathrein has increased its global capacity by 50% to support carrier needs, which, at present, seem focused on supplementing coverage and capacity by deploying small cells and DASs. For example, US carrier Sprint, a subsidiary of SoftBank, is working on a network improvement initiative that many analysts predict could include the rollout of some 70,000 small cells; some watchers have even suggested vendors lack the capacity to support carrier ambitions, re-emphasizing the importance of Kathrein’s global growth strategy. “Small cells are getting a lot of push right now,” Nevelle said, “as well as significant interest from carriers. One of the primary reasons for this is they want to have densification of their network. Small cells, up to now, were basically used as a gap filler on coverage maps. This is really trying to build the foundation of when 5G rolls around. Antennas are going to be one of the primary needs within the whole 5G space.” Kathrein’s full line of Canister Antennas offer state-of-the-art technology coupled with sleek design that allows for a quick deployment that’s easily concealed in existing streetscapes, which decreases the burdensome municipal concurrency often associated with macro sites. The end result for Kathrein’s customers is providing the coverage and capacity end users need with a product that drives down capex and opex and accelerates return on investment. Kathrein has antennas purpose built for both small cell deployment and outdoor DAS deployments, which bring the refined multi-carrier, multi-antenna solutions generally associated with in-building use outside. Futureproof oDASs, as well as small cells, are gaining significant traction from customers in verticals ranging from business parks and hospitals to academic campuses, shopping centers, hotels, convention centers and more. Nevelle explained that Kathrein provides a comprehensive “toolbox” for clients looking to provide the level of connectivity that can make or break business success. “Coverage with cellular infrastructure is a requirement to be competitive,” Nevelle said, and Kathrein is ready to enable that competitive edge. For more information on Kathrein antenna solutions, click here.

Kathrein Earns Top Position Among Mobile Communication Antenna Deployments Worldwide

Rosenheim, Germany and Richardson, Texas, Monday, July 20, 2015 – Kathrein, a leading international specialist for reliable, high-quality communication technology, is ranked the number one among providers of mobile communication antennas in 2015. Published in a recent study by ABI Research, almost a quarter (24.8%) of all LTE antennas sold and deployed worldwide come from Kathrein.

 LTE (Long Term Evolution) refers to the fourth-generation mobile communication standard (4G). It allows considerably higher data transmission and download rates for mobile customers across the globe. Using the technology, network operators can satisfy the significantly increasing capacity requirements of mobile communication users. ABI Research forecasts an almost five-fold rise in the monthly data volume per user by 2019.

The mobile communication market is currently in the midst of progressive densification of wireless networks. According to the calculations of ABI Research, 76.2% of the market was shared by the four leading providers in 2014. In the previous year, this figure was 72.4%. Kathrein was not only able to underline its top position in relation to market share but also competitive strength. With 95.5 out of 100 points, ABI Research confirms the company’s particularly high power of innovation, strong global sales organization, and close relationships with leading network operators. The especially broad range of solutions for different frequency spectrums and mobile communication standards also contributed to Kathrein’s number one ranking amongst the competitive set.

Multi-band antennas becoming increasingly important

“We have held our own at the top of the market for sophisticated mobile communication antennas for many years,” says Joe Doering, Chief Sales Officer of the Kathrein Group. “First place in the recent ABI study underlines the appreciation that customers have for our high quality solutions.” Kathrein pursues a considerable amount of research and development work to enable mobile communication providers to invest securely in the establishment and expansion of their networks. Multi-band antennas are becoming increasingly important. According to ABI Research, they should have a market share of more than 85 per cent by 2019. Demand is also rising for active systems.

Reliable and future-proof systems from Kathrein

“Our customers appreciate the combination of outstanding quality, high reliability and personal support,” says Manfred Steinbacher, head of the Mobile Communication Antennas division. “Mobile communication networks of the future must be even more high-performance, flexible and efficient. Our solutions and systems are future-proof, offer low total cost of ownership and guarantee reliable data transmission.”

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:

Kathrein Drives Forward Transformation at the Rosenheim Location


Kathrein is transforming its headquarters from an industrial to an innovation and technology location. In addition to new areas for research and development, a lead factory will be established in Rosenheim in the next few years for the development of standardised and innovative production processes.

The new alignment of the Rosenheim site is an essential component in the reorganisation of the Kathrein Group. Markets are experiencing ever shorter cycles of innovation, meaning that customers must simultaneously come to grips with a constant stream of new demands. As a technology pioneer, Kathrein is facing the challenge – research activities at the headquarters will be significantly expanded. The company has recruited more than 100 highly qualified specialists in the past 12 months alone, and former production and office spaces are being transformed as well as a new development and test building constructed at Works III in the Klepperstrasse.

Tried-and-Tested Production Processes Adopted

The lead factory will network the areas of innovation and product creation with the widely branched production division within the Kathrein Group. “We will be developing innovative products and processes in the lead factory so that they can be simply adopted by other production sites within our company group, and without any losses in quality,” explained Frank Ullmann, Chief Operating Officer of the Kathrein Group. If processes in the lead factory progress stably, these will then be transferred to other locations where series production will be initiated.

Overall Productivity Increases

“The concept of a lead factory gives us significant advantages,” continued Ullmann. “On the one hand we benefit from a direct proximity to our research and development resources, and on the other we are able to exploit the many decades of production experience at the headquarters.” By adopting tested manufacturing processes, productivity levels throughout the group of companies will increase.

Discussions Between Executive Board and Works Council

The concept of a lead factory will be accompanied by a qualitative transformation in Rosenheim. Levels of natural fluctuation will be primarily used to modify the employee structure to the new requirements. Cutbacks in personnel however cannot be avoided as part of the new alignment. How the transformation is specifically implemented will be the theme of confidential discussions between the executive board and the works council in the coming weeks, and both sides have agreed to inform together about intermediate results.

“For the executive board it is very important that the transformation is socially acceptable, with individual offers for our employees. We are confident of finding a solution for everyone,” emphasised Anton Kathrein, Managing Director of Kathrein. All tariff policy instruments will be used to this effect.