- 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
Here are some of the exciting Kathrein innovations awaiting you at MWC 2019:
5G-READY – ALL-IN-ONE ACTIVE/PASSIVE HYBRID ANTENNA
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
MACRO CONNECTIVITY – TRUE PLATFORM CONCEPT
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
SMALL CELL CONNECTIVITY – CANISTER ANTENNA
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
CONNECTIVITY EVOLUTION – TDD BEAMFORMING
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
CONNECTIVITY EVOLUTION – FDD/TDD ANTENNAS
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
CONNECTIVITY EVOLUTION – AIR 3246
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
CONNECTIVITY EVOLUTION – VRAN SUPPORT BY SMART ACTIVE ANTENNAS
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
CONNECTIVITY EVOLUTION – MMWAVE REPEATER
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
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.
About 5G Americas: The Voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas
5G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization’s mission is to advocate for and foster the advancement and full capabilities of LTE wireless technologies and their evolution to 5G, throughout the ecosystem’s networks, services, applications and wirelessly connected devices in the Americas. 5G Americas is invested in developing a connected wireless community while leading 5G development for all the Americas. 5G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. More information is available at www.5gamericas.org or Twitter @5GAmericas.
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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.
Dr. Stoyan Iliev, Head of Hardware Development, and Christian Schnebinger, Sales Manager IoT gave an insight into two test centre applications:
MEASURING CHAMBER SOLUTION FOR TRANSPONDER MEASUREMENTS
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.
DOCK DOOR OVERHEAD SOLUTION FOR STREAMS OF GOODS
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: https://www.kathreinusa.com/rfid/
How Kathrein Solutions is driving digitization forward
Digitalization is changing the way we live: from industry 4.0 to intelligent networks and networked mobility. It brings about major and far-reaching changes – not only for the end consumer, but also for companies and the economy. Large and traditional organizations face the challenge of making their own structures more agile. This is the only way they can successfully implement digitalization.
Digital and contactless technologies and applications are the basis for sustainable processes in many industries. With its IoT solutions, the Kathrein Solutions business unit supports numerous companies from various industries in implementing digitization.
The article can be read on the magazine’s website.
DTV Utah Completes Successful Repack
Local community TV group moves six of its eight stations to new frequencies
SALT LAKE CITY— In March 2017, DTV Utah began plans on repacking six of its eight DTV Utah Stations that were required to change frequencies as a result of the spectrum auction. DTV Utah, LLC is a television transmitter site located in the Oquirrh Mountains above Salt Lake City, Utah and was the location of a complex, channel repack project involving nine UHF television stations, with eight of the transmitters combined into a community antenna.
Read the full article to learn how Kathrein solved a variety of challenges that arose with this repack, from new frequency parameters to transmitter cooling at the thin air of 9,000 feet, transmission line performance, the requirement to stay on the air while creating a seamless transition to the new channels, ability to withstand extreme temperatures and more:
Kathrein has generated more sales than planned in the first six months of this year and is clearly on a growth course. By the end of June, the company had revenues of around €394 million, exceeding its calculated sales target of just under €372 million for this period. Kathrein is also in line or ahead of plan with the important milestones of its restructuring programme.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, the Kathrein Group was able to increase its half-year sales by 2.3 per cent. The Products business unit, main contributor to sales, even increased by 6.1 per cent compared to the first six months of 2017. In its core business, the company is a supplier to the largest and most important network operators and network suppliers.
“Higher revenues and the implementation of our restructuring measures in the first six months also enabled us to significantly increase our gross profit compared to our plans,” explains Elmar Geissinger, Chief Financial Officer of the Kathrein Group. EBITDA, i.e. earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation, also exceeded expectations. “The figures prove that we are on the right path and give us tailwind for the second half of the year,” continues Geissinger.
NEW PRODUCTION CONCEPT LARGELY IMPLEMENTED
Not only in terms of business figures but also overall, the restructuring of the company is well on its way. A new production concept will be implemented by autumn. The production of mobile communication antennas will then be carried out solely by the plants in Timişoara (Romania) and Tetla (Mexico), while the plant in Shenzhen (China) will produce antenna line devices. By focusing on just a few locations, delivery times will become significantly shorter. Numerous measures were also successfully implemented in sales, purchasing, logistics and IT.
“We are working very diligently through our restructuring plan and we now see that our efforts are bearing fruit,” says Hans-Joachim Ziems, Chief Restructuring Officer at Kathrein. “Our colleagues are doing a great job in their individual teams. In addition to the daily business, they perform many extra tasks.”
NEW PRODUCT ARCHITECTURE FOR MOBILE COMMUNICATION ANTENNAS
As part of the optimisation programmes, the development of a new product architecture for mobile communication antennas is of great importance. “It will enable higher performance and, at the same time, more compact dimensions of the mobile communication antennas,” says Jürgen Walter, Head of Products and COO of the Kathrein Group. According to Walter, the new platform concept allows an increased integration density and the rapid development of customer-specific solutions. It will go into series production in the first quarter of 2019.