Based on a study by ABI Research, Kathrein and three other major manufacturers share 76.2% of mobile communication market. Based on these numbers, the top provider leads its competition with a third of the market. It also scored 95.5 out of 100 points in quality of product.
Jim Nevelle, President and CEO of Kathrein USA, said the one thing that sets the industry manufacturer apart from others in the wireless sector is that “we are viewed as the quality standard.”
“Our products are known for high quality, high performance and reliability,” Nevelle said to RCR Wireless News. “We also view ourselves as one of the innovators in the space of mobile communications from tower design to connected car to multi-faceted emerging technologies like 5G.”
ABI Research called mobile cellular basestation antennas as “one of the most important sub-systems of the modern network architecture” as the study explored “key market trends” and “the essential criteria in LTE antenna design and selection.” Kathrein provides a wide range of directional or omni-directional antennas, with over 250 different types of technologies to choose including LTE or WLAN.
As a family-owned business that thrives on innovation in the growing technology world, Kathrein also offers a wide variety of products for network densification. This includes multi-band antennas and small cells such as its Canister Antenna line.
The Canisters can be easily deployed onto power poles or lamp posts, and increase dedicated capacity for heavily frequented areas such as airports, city streets or malls. They are also ideal for expanding coverage in remote rural locations at cheaper costs compared to constructing cell towers.
“Small cells are getting a lot of push right now,” Nevelle said, “as well as significant interest from carriers. One of the primary reasons for this is they want to have densification of their network. Small cells, up to now, were basically used as a gap filler on coverage maps. This is really trying to build the foundation of when 5G rolls around. Antennas are going to be one of the primary needs within the whole 5G space.”