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With the acquisition of Kathrein Antenna and Filter business by Ericsson in October 2019, it is now time to transfer all Kathrein Mobile Communication content to This will include:

  • General information
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  • Product documents
  • Support assets

From October 1 onwards, the and will be taken offline.

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Ericsson completes acquisition of Kathrein’s antenna and filter business

Ericsson completes acquisition of Kathrein’s antenna and filter business

  • Welcomes employees in R&D, production and sales to its Networks business

  • Expands the Ericsson Radio System portfolio with new products and strengthens its antenna in-house competences and capabilities

  • Complements Ericsson’s strong base in Europe

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has completed its acquisition of the antenna and filter division of Kathrein, a world leading provider of antenna and filter technologies with headquarters in Rosenheim, Germany.

Today’s closing follows the announcement on February 25, 2019 that Ericsson intended to acquire Kathrein’s antenna and filter business.

Ericsson is looking forward to providing its customers a broadened Ericsson Radio System offering. In addition to expanding Ericsson’s portfolio of antenna and filter products, the acquisition will bring vital competence necessary to evolve radio access products.

Ericsson has gained a competent organization focusing on R&D, production, and sales, based in more than 20 locations including Germany, Romania, the U.S., Mexico, and China. With most of the professionals based in Europe, Ericsson is complementing its already strong R&D base across 21 locations on the continent.

Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson, says: “A very warm welcome to our new colleagues. We are confident that together, we will evolve our radio products that customers need for 5G and beyond. By integrating radios with antennas while making the best use of site space, we will continue to develop a world-class next-generation portfolio.”

The antenna domain is evolving using multiple frequencies and multiple technologies. At the same time, radios and antennas are being integrated to optimize the usage of site space and overall network performance, which is vital for the introduction of 5G. This makes antennas going from being passive components to a more advanced technology and an area of strategic importance. More powerful 5G networks will drive antenna development for further improved performance, capacity and coverage.


Kathrein’s antenna and filter business is also known as Kathrein Mobile Communication.

Kathrein’s SAT, Broadcast and IoT businesses are not part of the acquisition by Ericsson.

Ericsson to acquire Kathrein’s antenna and filter business (Feb 25, 2019)


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German tolling demonstration successfully reads RFID tags at 140+mph

German tolling demonstration successfully reads RFID tags at 140+mph

Traffic Technology Today

Two of Germany’s leading developers of vehicle identification technology, Kathrein and Tönnjes, have used a racetrack to test and demonstrate the effectiveness of their UHF RFID (radio frequency identification) tag reads at speeds over 140mph (220km/h).

Many traffic monitoring applications such as electronic vehicle registration (EVR), Electronic toll collection (ETC), automated vehicle identification (AVI) or intelligent transportation systems (ITS), require highly accurate identification at the highest possible speeds. These systems also require that the communication between a reader and a transponder, as well as between a reader and a back-end system achieve the highest level of security. Internet of Things (IoT) and RFID technology developer Kathrein Solutions, in partnership with secure vehicle identification system supplier Tönnjes, and chipset manufacturer NXP Semiconductors, have developed and demonstrated an end-to-end high-security solution for the optimal detection of vehicles in multi-lane free flow (MLFF) tolling situations.

Read Full Article at Traffic Technology Today



Kathrein SE to Sell Antenna and Filter Products Division to Ericsson

Kathrein SE to Sell Antenna and Filter Products Division to Ericsson

Kathrein intends to sell its antenna and filter business to Ericsson, a leading mobile communications infrastructure provider. Kathrein Products division, with approximately 4,000 employees in research and development, production, and sales at more than 20 locations worldwide, is expected to become part of Ericsson’s Business Area Networks in the third quarter of 2019 following approvals from relevant regulatory authorities.

  • Excellent prospects with the new 5G mobile communications standard for Kathrein Products and ensures continuity for its employees under the Ericsson umbrella
  • Long-term technology partnership and powerful industrial synergies link the two companies with long-standing European heritage

“In view of the strategic options and the further increase in global competition in the mobile communications sector, we want to secure the future viability and competitiveness of this significant business by selling our Products division to our long-term technology partner Ericsson,” says Anton Kathrein, CEO of Kathrein Group. The acquisition by Ericsson gives Kathrein’s antenna and filter business and its employees excellent prospects in the context of the 5G mobile communications standard. Anton Kathrein added, “On behalf of the entire Executive Board, I would like to personally thank the employees for their great commitment. This particularly applies to the last few years, which were marked by a major reorganization.”

Kathrein’s antenna and filters business has a strong R&D organization with extensive experience in antenna design and research, coupled with a strong IPR portfolio. In addition to broadening Ericsson’s portfolio of antenna and filter products, the acquisition will bring Ericsson vital competence for the evolution of advanced radio network products.

Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks at Ericsson, says: “Strengthening our inhouse antenna competence is another important step in our Networks portfolio strategy. The acquisition of Kathrein’s antenna and filters business will expand our capabilities and competences in the advanced active and passive antenna domain further. With the additional focus on the antenna and filter business led by Kathrein professionals, we will broaden our offering to further optimize site space, which is vital for introduction of 5G.”

The acquisition is an asset deal where certain assets and liabilities are acquired by Ericsson at closing which is expected in Q3 2019 with the closing of the acquisition subject to customary conditions and approvals by the relevant regulatory authorities. The parties have agreed to keep the purchase price undisclosed.

Outlook on MWC 2019

Outlook on MWC 2019

Here are some of the exciting Kathrein innovations awaiting you at MWC 2019:


Kathrein’s innovative antenna system combines various mobile radio standards and technologies. 

  • State-of-the-art passive multiband antenna technology with integrated 4×4 MIMO functionality
  • Latest 5G mMIMO technology
  • Flexible and modular deployment, easy installation
  • Existing antenna sites can be easily upgraded to 5G
  • Optimal cost-benefit ratio

Development partnership between Orange, Nokia and Kathrein


Kathrein’s platform concept enables perfect choice for each customer regarding “fit and function”.

  • New antenna platform enabling side-by-side lowband array configuration in only 378 mm width industry-leading form factor
  • Re-use of specially designed platform components like phase shifters and filters secures outstanding component quality and makes antenna customisation faster
  • Three different width base configurations, 378 mm, 448 mm and 488 mm, offer perfect choice for balancing required maximum port count, available site space and antenna performance

Related to: Multiband Antennas, Antenna Customisation


Kathrein’s small cell canister antennas offer exceptional multiband RF performance with low visual impact to improve operator competitiveness – particularly in densely populated urban areas.

  • Two new bands for conditional use by wireless operators (3.5 GHz and 5 GHz band) are supported by Kathrein’s latest small cell solutions, enabling immediate access to more spectrum
  • Most compact and versatile form factor on the market today, making them one of the easiest to zone and install, providing a faster path for operators to add a small cell layer underneath their macro network layer
  • 4xMIMO in most bands right out of the box as well as superior coverage characteristics enhancing network capacity where it is needed most

Related to: Densification for 5G, Coverage and Capacity with Low Visual Impact


8T8R beamforming will be a main pillar for the future 5G eco-system through use of cost/capacity-optimised access technology in a propagation-friendly frequency range.

  • Combining outstanding radiator performance with cost-effective PCB technology to build TDD stand-alone antennas which perfectly match the cost/performance requirements
  • Compact antenna with column beams optimised for beamforming

Related to: Beamforming Technology, 5G Applications


Kathrein is working on solutions which will push the integration limits of FDD/TDD antennas.

  • Use of the world’s smallest FDD side-by-side LB platform for integration of TDD elements
  • Novel LB interleaving technology, maximising performance in FDD and TDD bands
  • Highly integrated TDD sub-system allows easy scalability of the system itself and easy migration to different FDD architectures

Related to: Multiband Antennas, 5G Integration


Kathrein’s antenna for an active antenna system (AAS) to enable massive MIMO on FDD

  • Supports 5G digital horizontal and vertical beamforming in AAS radio 
  • First commercial usage of Massive MIMO technology on FDD in US market
  • Wideband array antenna covering B66 and B25 (US) as well as B1 and B3 (rest of world)

Related to: 5G Massive MIMO antenna technology for AAS


Kathrein develops highly integrated, flexible and maintainable active antenna products for both multiband up to 2.6 GHz and C-band to support the effective deployment of vRAN. Standardised and open interfaces between vRAN BBU and radio units based on open RAN will further drive innovations and compatibility between radio equipment.

  • Massive MIMO C-band antennas with vRAN BBU integration
  • Integrated radio with field replaceable radio components for multiband antennas
  • SW upgradeable BBU interface integration (CPRI/eCPRI or openRAN)
  • Light weight through higher integration
  • Best-in-class PIM performance through Rx/Tx separation for multiband antennas

Related to: Smart Active Antennas to Support vRAN


Kathrein develops and tests related repeater systems to enable an economic deployment of 5G mmWave system in 24 GHz, 28 GHz and 39 GHz. Combinations of one donor antenna with one to three service antennas will further increase the number of use cases and improve the network coverage and performance and thus the mmWave business case of our customers. 

  • First trials in the US, Europe and Asia and plans for several new trials around the world
  • 28 GHz repeater system trial showed tremendous coverage improvements by bridging distances between base station and user equipment (UE) of up to 825 m
  • In the trial, the repeater proved its performance also for mobility use cases
  • Reduced CAPEX and OPEX of the repeater system vs. installation of additional base stations (lower device cost, no fibre backhaul) will improve the business case of mmWave deployment and exploitation for mobile and fixed wireless access likewise

Related to: mmWave Repeater

5G Americas Board Elects T-Mobile’s Neville Ray as Chairman and Jim Nevelle, Kathrein USA, as Treasurer in 2019

BELLEVUE, Wash. – December 18, 2018 – 5G Americas, the industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas, today announced that Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President for T-Mobile U.S., Inc. has been elected to serve as the 2019 Chairman of the 5G Americas Board of Governors. 5G Americas Board has also elected Jim Nevelle, President and CEO of Kathrein USA, to serve as the organization’s Treasurer.

“Neville Ray’s leadership as the Chairman of the 5G Americas Board of Governors in 2018 has driven the work our organization has successfully accomplished in supporting the development of 5G technology throughout the Americas as well as worldwide, and we are enthusiastic about his continued role in his re-election as Chairman for 2019 with the launch of the 5th generation of wireless technology,” said Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas. “It is a further honor that Jim Nevelle will lend his considerable experience and serve as 5G Americas newly appointed Treasurer.”

Neville Ray has more than 25 years of experience in the design, deployment and operational management of wireless networks in the United States and worldwide, and is recognized for his leadership in the telecommunications industry. His work comprises all aspects of wireless network deployment, including radio planning and optimization. Ray is responsible for the national management and ongoing development of T-Mobile’s wireless network, as well as the company’s technology innovations, IT services and operations. Ray has been a member of the 5G Americas Board for more than eight years including past terms as Chairperson.

Ray commented, “Exciting times for 5G Americas and industry stakeholders as we see the fruits of our labor evolving with the active deployment of standards-based 5G deployments. Without organizations such as 5G Americas providing technical and regulatory leadership for the connected wireless world, we would not be able to enjoy these types of successes. I am looking forward to my continuation as the Chairman in providing leadership for the strategic work at 5G Americas.”

Jim Nevelle has more than 20 years of experience in the mobile industry, and serves as the top executive at Kathrein USA. Nevelle is responsible for Kathrein’s strategy and development of wireless infrastructure including mobile communication antennas, broadcast solutions, connected car solutions, and radio frequency products for North America. He has been active with the 5G Americas Board of Governors for two years and is serving his first term as Treasurer.

Jim Nevelle stated, “Actively participating with the other Board members at 5G Americas has been inspirational and rewarding as we see the results of our numerous white papers and strategic efforts to expand and improve mobile technology throughout the Americas. I look forward to my new capacity on the Board and the opportunity to serve.”

5G Americas’ Board of Governors members include: AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Cisco, CommScope, Ericsson, Intel, Kathrein, Mavenir, Nokia, Qualcomm Incorporated, Samsung, Shaw Communications Inc., Sprint, T-Mobile US, Inc., Telefónica and WOM.



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Kathrein and Rohde & Schwarz partner to advance world’s first 5G Test Field for TV Transmission

Kathrein and Rohde & Schwarz partner to advance world’s first 5G Test Field for TV Transmission

Project partners Kathrein and Rohde & Schwarz have reached two important milestones of the 5G TODAY research project: Kathrein completed an innovative antenna for test operation at BR’s transmitter site in Ismaning near Munich. In addition, a Rohde & Schwarz transmitter successfully went into operation at Bayerischer Rundfunk’s (BR) Wendelstein transmitter station. The specially developed Kathrein antenna and the high-power transmitter are part of the LTE Broadcast test transmission.The 5G TODAY project is funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation and led by the Institute for Broadcasting Technology, IRT. Further project partners are Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) and Telefónica Germany. 

The new 5G network standard is a key technology for the future when vehicles become highly automated and devices are networked with each other in the Internet of Things. 5G also offers great potential for efficient distribution of media content. The introduction of 5G will open up a worldwide market with millions of smartphones and tablets acting as potential TV receivers able to combine live TV services, media libraries, social networks and many other media services.

LTE Broadcast, also known as FeMBMS (Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service), was specified in 3GPP Release 14 in June 2017. It defines new options for broadcasting to LTE-enabled mobile user equipment such as smartphones and tablets. For the first time, the upgraded standard allows high-power high-tower (HPHT) applications in downlink only mode while utilising the full signal bandwidth for multicast/broadcast applications. Moreover, 3GPP Release 14 defines an extended cyclic prefix (guard interval) and modes to enable operation without SIM cards, which is necessary for broadcast applications.

The transmitters in Ismaning and on the Wendelstein form a Single Frequency Network (SFN), which is to enable mobile and portable reception in the greater Munich area as well as on the main traffic routes between Munich and Salzburg. Communication technology specialist Kathrein developed a special antenna for the transmission of diversity signals for the transmitter station in Ismaning. Twelve innovative UHF antenna fields were installed at a height of 200 meters. The project also included the installation of a 370-metre long, arm-thick HF transmission cable. Another Rohde & Schwarz high-power transmitter with 7 kW output power for 100 kW ERP is to be connected to the antenna at the end of January. The test broadcasting network will then be prepared for the measurements.

Currently, a major European 5G field trial is being established in Germany as part of the Bavarian research project ‘5G TODAY’. The project is funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation. Under the leadership of the Institute for Broadcast Technology (IRT), project partners Kathrein and Rohde & Schwarz are investigating large-scale TV broadcasts in the FeMBMS mode over 5G Broadcast networks. The project is supported by Telefónica Germany and Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Bavarian state broadcaster, who is providing two HPHT sites near Munich for this groundbreaking field trial.

RFID Test Center

Insights into the RFID test centre

The Kathrein Solutions test centre is a rather inconspicuous building at the Kathrein Solutions head office in Stephanskirchen near Rosenheim. At this facility, IoT applications are undergoing tests before they are delivered to the customers.

Dr. Stoyan Iliev, Head of Hardware Development, and Christian Schnebinger, Sales Manager IoT gave an insight into two test centre applications:


The automotive industry increasingly relies on digitised production and delivery processes. In the measuring chamber at Kathrein Solutions, appropriate solutions for the identification of parts are tested.
You can find a video with Dr. Stoyan Iliev on YouTube.


In logistics, incoming and outgoing goods are automatically identified and registered using Kathrein’s dock door overhead solution. How does it work? Christian Schnebinger explains all the details in our YouTube Video.

More information on IoT and RFID solutions can be found on our website: