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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 https://www.kathreinusa.com.

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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 https://www.kathreinusa.com.

 

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 info@kathrein.com 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!