Ericsson Completes Kathrein Purchase, Vital for 5G Introduction
Wednesday, October 02, 2019 | Comments

Ericsson completed the acquisition of the antenna and filter division of Kathrein. Ericsson announced the purchase in February.

Ericsson plans to expand its radio system offering with the acquisition. In addition to broadening Ericsson’s portfolio of antenna and filter products, the purchase will bring vital competence necessary to evolve radio access products.

Kathrein is focused on research and development (R&D), production and sales with 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 R&D base across 21 locations on the continent.

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.

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