Kathrein Sweeps Fierce Innovation Awards Telecom Edition with New In-Ground Small Cell Antenna

Kathrein Recognized for Leadership in “Small Cells/HetNet Category”; Wins “Best Network Transformation Platform” and “Judges’ Choice” Award

Richardson, Texas (PRWEB) November 18, 2016  (Click here for press release)

Kathrein, the global leader in LTE Antenna solutions for reliable, high-quality wireless communications, today proudly announced that it has been recognized by this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards: Telecom Edition, a unique industry awards program powered by the publishers of FierceWireless. Kathrein received top honors in the category “Small Cells/HetNet” and earned the prestigious Judges Choice Award that is awarded to the 2016 standout innovative product or service – that most likely positively and dramatically affects service provider networks across the board. All winners were announced on November 17, 2016, and the complete list of winners can be reviewed in the Fierce Innovation Report: Telecom Edition that can be downloaded here.

With the complexities of zoning ordinances and site acquisition for many carriers and neutral host operators, the need for new innovations in antenna technologies is paramount. Thus, in collaboration with Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecom provider, Kathrein developed Kathrein Street Connect, the award-winning in-ground antenna system that is concealed as a typical manhole cover at street level. The Kathrein Street Connect™ was specially designed for ease of deployment and to withstand weather, road vibration, and heavy road cargo weight. Most importantly, the Kathrein Street Connect™ improves network data throughput and speeds by bringing smartphone users closer to the network and paves the way to 5G for mobile operators.

“These awards by FierceWireless are a testament to the innovation and promise of the Kathrein Street Connect™ Solution and a true honor considering the mobile operator participation on the esteemed panel of judges“, said Jim Nevelle, President and CEO of Kathrein USA. “To win all three speaks to the innovation and expertise of Kathrein’s engineering team.”

All applications for this award were evaluated based on the following criteria: technology innovation, financial impact, market validation, compatibility with existing networks, end-user customer experience, and overall level of innovation. Finalists were judged by an exclusive panel of executives from major telecommunications companies including Verizon, T-Mobile, TeliaSonera, Sprint, and Comcast. Full profiles of the judges can be found here.

To find out more about how Kathrein’s Street Connect™ is turning heads and turning the antenna industry upside down, visit us at http://www.kathreinusa.com.

About FierceMarkets

At FierceMarkets, our mission is as clear today as it was at our founding in 2000: be the first place to turn to for information-hungry executives in dynamic industries and a trusted partner for the marketing teams that need to reach them. Back then, we saw the coming power of blogs, web journalism, digital marketing and email communications, and launched our first email newsletter, FierceWireless, to begin fulfilling that mission for the mobile telecommunications industry.Today, our family of over 100 email newsletter publications and websites carries out that same mission for many more industries and millions of users, while we also evolve to address the latest trends in digital media — mobile devices, social media, native advertising and content marketing. Regardless of what the next trend may be, however, we remain fiercely committed to independent insights for our readers and marketing success for our customers. Learn more at: http://www.fiercemarkets.com .

About Kathrein
Kathrein is the innovation and technology leader in wireless base station antennas, small cells, and antenna line device solutions for today’s hyper connected world. Nearly a quarter of all LTE antennas sold and deployed worldwide come from Kathrein. Ranked number one among providers of mobile communication antennas by ABI Research, Kathrein is a hidden champion and family-owned enterprise that has been working on the technologies of tomorrow since 1919. We take pride in our dedicated employees and our passion for customers and quality. Find out more about Kathrein at http://www.kathreinusa.com.

 

Dallas Business Journal Exclusive: Ahead of 5G, Euro power Kathrein elbows into U.S. market with Plano Expansion

Kathrein featured in Dallas Business JournalSHAWN SHINNEMAN-
Dallas Business Journal-

Americans might not know how to say Kathrein – pronounced Kah-trane, not “Katherine.”
But the company wants its North American base in North Texas – to which it is adding 70,000 square feet – to drive a foray into the U.S. market. And 5G will be no small part of the plan.

Rosenheim, Germany-based Kathrein is one of several companies eyeing the opportunity presented in the U.S. by the massive infrastructure needs of the next generation of wireless. While about 200,000 cell towers power the country’s current networks, experts say the amount needed to power 5G will be exponentially higher.

During his trip this week to Plano, Anton Kathrein Jr., the company’s CEO, told the Dallas Business Journal that the number of small cell sites needed could be as high as five million. “In terms of the potential growth, the numbers are huge,” said Jim Nevelle, CEO of Kathrein USA.

A powerhouse in Europe, the private company recorded revenue of $1.6 billion in 2014, according to Forbes. (A representative declined to provide specific global or U.S. revenue numbers but told the Dallas Business Journal in an email that Kathrein is a $1 billion+ company). It’s success comes from making antennas – the company is the largest LTE antenna manufacturer in the world. It is also the world’s largest car antenna and broadcast antenna manufacturer, Nevelle said.

U.S. success has been trickier. The company employs about 50 in North Texas, with plans to expand.

To that end, Kathrein held a ribbon cutting Tuesday for a new 35,000 square feet of warehouse space. German beers were cracked. Pretzels were consumed. A spokesperson said that earlier that morning, the company had signed on another 35,000 square feet next door.

About an hour after the snip of the ribbon, Nevelle and Kathrein Jr., the third generation of the Kathrein family to lead the company, settled into a conference room.

“In Europe, we’re the 600-pound gorilla in this space,” Nevelle said. “In North America, we’re a 200-pound gorilla. So, we have a lot of market share that we still need to go after.”

Moving to the telecom corridor was step one in that process. About a year and a half ago, Kathrein left its base in Medford, Oregon for a new North American headquarters in Richardson.

“When you look at the Dallas environment, you have Nokia’s North American headquarters here, Ericsson’s North American headquarters here, AT&T world headquarters located here,” Nevelle said. “It’s a great place to be.”

The additions in Plano are step two. The 70,000 square feet will serve as a logistics center and allow the company to do regional research and development as well as testing. It also provides them a larger physical U.S. presence as 5G approaches.

The move to 5G wireless has been sped up by the needs of modern technology, which more and more often requires ultra-fast connectivity. A first set of standards are expected out in 2018. The preparation has been vaulted toward the top of priority lists for cell phone carriers such as Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.

The U.S. has become “the driving force in 5G deployments,” said Kathrein Jr.

To build the infrastructure needed for wireless networks, those carriers have to pair with the companies that make the parts. As LTE investments slow and 5G investments have yet to arrive, telecom equipment makers are put in a precarious position.

Ericsson, another wireless infrastructure provider with a North American home in Plano, is proof.

The Swedish company has much to gain from 5G infrastructure buildout; it has felt the impact of a shrinking need for LTE towers. Ericsson’s second quarter revenue was down 11 percent. The company, which ousted CEO Hans Vestberg in July, has said major cost-cutting measures are coming this year.

Before he left, Vestberg told Bloomberg that sizable revenues might not return until 2020, a timeline that matches up with expected 5G deployment.

When the 5G networks start expanding, Kathrein hopes to be on the front line. And it has reason to believe it will play a significant role – a spokesperson said the company is “heavily engaged” with all North American operators on 5G.

That means its physical expansion into Plano, Nevelle said, could be only the beginning.

“This just shows the investment of what Kathrein is trying to do in North America,” he said.

Download the article here.

Innovation Award For Kathrein Street Connect

Kathrein wins Ranny Award

PRESS RELEASE

Innovation Award for Kathrein Street Connect

Rosenheim/Dusseldorf, 28 September 2016 - Kathrein Street Connect, an innovative solution for mobile communication, was honored as “best new technology” at the RAN World 2016 in Dusseldorf. Kathrein developed the innovative system for mobile coverage in inner cities in collaboration with Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecom provider.  Kathrein Street Connect is an in-ground antenna system that enhances mobile capacity at hotspots with high data traffic. In Switzerland, the antennas are already in operation in Bern, Zurich, Basel, and Lausanne, and test series are being run in more countries.

The original concept of a ground-integrated antenna comes from Swisscom. Kathrein Street Connect is embedded into the ground in the immediate vicinity of a base station by way of a ground bore and is not visible. The solution provides the mobile network at highly frequented hotspots such as pedestrian zones or stadiums with powerful micro cells to offer high data rates to customers.

“Kathrein Street Connect is an extremely clever solution which blends in perfectly with the surrounding area,” explains Dr. Hermann Rodler, SVP Products Business Unit at Kathrein. Its special bracket makes the antenna resistant to vibrations. The lid above the antenna is extremely sturdy so that the system can also be used in streets with heavy goods vehicle traffic, with weights of up to 40 tonnes. MIMO-capability (“Multiple Input Multiple Output”) enables the simultaneous use of several transmission and reception antennas.

“Together with our development partner Kathrein, we turned a simple idea into a pioneering innovation. We are very proud that our good teamwork was honoured with the RANNY Award,” says Heinz Herren, CTO and CIO of Swisscom.

About Kathrein

Kathrein is a leading international specialist for reliable, high-quality communication technologies. The company is an innovation and technology leader in today’s connected world. Kathrein’s solutions and systems enable people all over the world to communicate, access information and use media, whether at home, at the office or on the road. The business covers a broad spectrum: from outdoor and indoor mobile communication solutions, to satellite reception, broadband and broadcast technology, to transmission and reception systems in vehicles. As a hidden champion and family-owned enterprise, Kathrein has been working on the technologies of tomorrow since 1919. The company takes pride in its dedicated employees and passion for customers and quality. Find out more about Kathrein at www.kathrein.com.

About Swisscom

Swisscom is Switzerland’s leading telecom provider and one of its foremost IT companies, headquartered in Ittigen, close to the capital city, Bern. Outside Switzerland, Swisscom offers broadband Internet in Italy with Fastweb. Around 21,000 employees achieve annual revenues of approx. CHF 11.5 billion. Swisscom is one the most sustainable companies in Switzerland and Europe Find out more about Swisscom at www.swisscom.ch.

Kathrein’s Innovation Garners Attention

Kathrein has been shortlisted for the Global Telecoms Awards 2016 for Small Cell Excellence.  The winners will be announced November 3, 2016 at the Tower Hotel, London. Once again, the Kathrein Street Connect™ Antenna Solution is being recognized for its unique design and innovation.  Click here to learn more.

 

Kathrein Street Connect™ Antenna Solution was recently shortlisted (with Swisscom) for The RANNYs Best New Technology award.rannys  The winner of this prestigious award will be announced on September 27th at RAN World 2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Click here to learn more.

 

 

On April 27,2016, 5G Americas, the industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas, announced the election of Kathrein to its Board of Governors.  Kathrein joins 15 of the wireless industry’s leading operators and manufacturers on the Board to work on progressing 5G, and further advancement and innovation for LTE technology in the Americas.  Click here for the press release.

5G_Americas_logo

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.”

To read the full article, click here.

Kathrein Announces Street Connect for Wireless Densification in High Traffic Locations

Woman calling a taxi with Kathrein's Street Connector antenna providing a strong signal

A New In-Ground Antenna That Revolutionizes Mobile Communication in Cities

(PRWEB) December 10, 2015

Kathrein, the leading global LTE antenna provider* today introduces an innovative solution for wireless densification in city centres. In collaboration with Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecom provider, Kathrein developed “Kathrein Street Connect”, an in-ground antenna system that enhances mobile capacity at hotspots with high data traffic. Following a trial period in Bern, Switzerland, the antenna will be deployed in selected cities in early 2016.

According to Swisscom, the mobile data volume generated by customers by surfing, streaming, and downloading doubles approximately every twelve months. The mobile communication network increasingly reaches its capacity limits at highly frequented hotspots such as downtown pedestrian zones. Due to the skyrocketing usage, networks need to be continuously upgraded in order to provide the needed data rates. The way this is currently accomplished is by supplementing macro cells with micro cells mounted on street furniture (street lamps, building walls, etc.). However, the availability of suitable sites, the high cost of site acquisition, regulations with zoning ordinances, and the ability to connect to the core network are problematic.

Making Use of Existing Infrastructure:
To solve these issues, Swisscom developed the concept of a micro cell in which the base station is incorporated into existing cable manholes of the landline infrastructure. The antenna is embedded into the ground in the immediate vicinity by way of a core drilling and is not visible. For the realization of this innovative idea, Swisscom selected network supplier Ericsson for the base station and Kathrein for the antenna solution. “In close collaboration with the experts from Swisscom, we were able to develop this unique antenna to production standard,” explains Manfred Steinbacher, Head of Mobile Communication Antennas for Kathrein.

“An in-ground antenna is a unique innovation”, says Steinbacher. “The particular challenge was to design an antenna and bracket resistant to road vibrations and with exceptional quality. The solution was specifically designed for use in environments with high building density. Additionally, the special lid above the antenna is extremely rugged and sturdy allowing the deployment in streets with heavy goods vehicle traffic”.

Swisscom will test the system in Bern, Zurich, Basel und Lausanne through the end of 2015, followed by large-scale antenna installations throughout Switzerland. “I am very proud that this product will be another milestone in our history of innovations,” says Heinz Herren, Swisscom’s CTO and CIO. “When we brought Kathrein on board, an experienced and competent partner, their profound know-how helped to turn our idea into reality.”

“Kathrein Street Connect“ will be available to network operators in other countries in mid-2016. “We see a high potential for this innovation“, says Joe Doering, Chief Sales Officer of the Kathrein Group.

About Kathrein
Kathrein is a leading international specialist for reliable, high-quality communication technologies. We are an innovation and technology leader in today’s connected world. Our ability to provide solutions and systems enables people all over the world to communicate, access information and use media, whether at home, at the office or on the road. We cover a broad spectrum: from outdoor and indoor mobile communication solutions, to satellite reception, broadband and broadcast technology, to transmission and reception systems in vehicles. As a hidden champion and family-owned enterprise, we have been working on the technologies of tomorrow since 1919. We take pride in our dedicated employees and our passion for customers and quality.

Find out more about Kathrein at http://www.kathreinusa.com.

About Swisscom
Swisscom is Switzerland’s leading telecom provider and one of its foremost IT companies, headquartered in Ittigen, close to the capital city, Bern. Outside Switzerland, Swisscom offers broadband Internet in Italy with Fastweb. Around 21,000 employees achieve annual revenues of approx. CHF 11.5 billion annually. Swisscom is one the most sustainable companies in Switzerland and Europe. Find out more about Swisscom at http://www.swisscom.ch.

*According to ABI Research 2015 LTE Basestation Antenna Deployments

For the original version on PRWeb visit:http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/12/prweb13124063.htm

Information contained on this page is provided by an independent third-party content provider. WorldNow and this Station make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. If you have any questions or comments about this page please contact [email protected].

Kathrein Automotive Lands Major Order From Daimler

Kathrein Lands Major Order from Daimler

Kathrein has received a major order from German automaker Daimler. The Kathrein Automotive Division will deliver telematics and radio antennas for various Mercedes-Benz vehicle classes. After two-and-a-half years in development, the systems will be ready to go into series production in early 2018.

Kathrein Automotive has been awarded the order after an intensive selection process, in which the company came out on top of other competitors. Antennas for mobile communication and navigation systems, and digital and analogue radio reception units are among the more than 30 different systems that will be incorporated into Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The majority of these systems will not be visible in the vehicles but integrated for example into the side mirrors or vehicle windscreens. Kathrein plans to have the antennas manufactured in its plants in Portugal and China. Daimler AG will receive some 40 million components between 2018 and 2023.

Michael Heise, CEO of Kathrein Automotive, points out the long-lasting close collaboration with Daimler. “This exceptional order proves once again that Daimler places great confidence in our company’s systems and solutions,” says Heise.

Joe Doering, CSO of the Kathrein Group, puts it this way: “Kathrein is a pioneer in vehicle transmission and reception systems. Our innovative solutions and decades of experience have made a lasting and distinct impact on the market. This major order makes it quite clear that our systems and solutions are the best to meet our customers’ requirements.”

 

Kathrein and TESSCO Strengthen North American Channel Partnership for Wireless Densification

Channel Relationship to Increase Availability of Integral Wireless Base Station Antenna, Small Cell, and Filter Solutions

 Kathrein USA, the #1 global LTE antenna provider* and TESSCO Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ:TESS), a leading provider of the product and value chain solutions required to build, use, and maintain wireless systems, today announced that Kathrein USA’s full wireless densification portfolio is now available through TESSCO. This expanded channel relationship increases the footprint of Kathrein USA in North America, effectively addressing the needs of operators seeking the highest quality and reliability for their expanding Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) coverage challenges.

 “Kathrein’s strong market share, upmost quality, and proven innovation in wireless densification make them integral to our portfolio,” said Doug Dollenberg, Vice President of Product Management at TESSCO. “We believe that the Kathrein wireless base station antennas, small cells, and antenna line device products broaden our product offering and helps us address the needs of the explosive wireless marketplace – specifically our mobile operator, tower owner, and RF engineering customers.”

“The addition of TESSCO to our new North American Channel Program fortifies our go-to-market strategy and the importance we are placing on selecting strategic and motivated partners,” said Jim Nevelle, Kathrein’s President & CEO for North America. “We are impressed with TESSCO’s salesforce and marketing focus and we believe the team will amplify Kathrein’s reach and increase our ability to provide solutions to specialized vertical markets.” *Source: ABI research 2015  

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: http://www.kathreinusa.com.

About TESSCO (NASDAQ: TESS)

The convergence of wireless and the Internet is revolutionizing the way we live, work and play. New systems and applications are creating challenges and opportunities at an unprecedented rate. TESSCO is there ‒ enabling organizations to capitalize on the opportunities in wireless by providing Your Total Source® of endto-end solutions. TESSCO delivers the knowledge, and product and supply chain solutions required to build, use maintain, and resell Cellular, Mobile Communications, Wi-Fi, Machine-to-Machine, Internet of Things,Wireless Backhaul, and Monitoring & Control systems. For more information, visit TESSCO.com or connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Contact Information

Capriccio Martin Kathrein USA
http://www.kathrein.com
214.238.8822  

Kelley Whalen
HyConnect for TESSCO
+1 312.274.3538  

If you have any questions regarding information in these press releases please contact the company listed in the press release. Our complete disclaimer appears here.  

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: www.kathreinusa.com.