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A more powerful 5G network

Kathrein Mobile Communication - now part of Ericsson

Kathrein Mobile Communication

The additional expertise brought by the acquisition of Kathrein’s antenna and filters business will broaden the Ericsson Radio System offering, which is vital for the introduction of 5G

Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks talks about our enhanced antenna system portfolio

With the growing importance of antenna technology, we are expanding our Ericsson Radio System portfolio with a range of new products. We have now strengthened our in-house antenna competence and capabilities through the acquisition of Kathrein’s antenna and filters business, an important step in the execution of our Networks portfolio strategy.

Formerly the antenna and filter division of Kathrein, Kathrein Mobile Communication strong R&D organization will serve as a valuable complement to Ericsson. This additional expertise will bring vital competence necessary to evolve radio access products, helping broaden our antenna and radio system offering and further optimize site space, which is vital for the introduction of 5G.

Creating the mobile networks of the future

Optimize usage and performance

The antenna domain is being transformed to include multiple frequencies as well as multiple technologies. At the same time, radios are being consolidated behind antennas and are being integrated into the antenna structure to optimize the usage of site space and overall radio network performance.

More powerful 5G network

With more powerful 5G networks on the way, given the current constraints on sites, antenna technology must be further developed to provide the performance, capacity and coverage required.

Expand our capabilities and competence

Bringing in a strong R&D organization with extensive expertise in antenna design and research coupled with a solid IPR portfolio means we have the right capability and competence needed for the evolution of advanced radio network products.

Leaders in the antenna system domain

Founded in 1919, Kathrein is a world leading provider of antenna and filter technologies with headquarters in Rosenheim, Germany. The company has long been a valued supplier to Ericsson. Together, we have one of the strongest combined antenna system patent portfolios in the industry.

With this acquisition, 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.