Kathrein has won several prizes at this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards. With “Kathrein Street Connect”, the company was among the winners in the categories “Small Cells/HetNet” and “Network Transformation Platform”. Kathrein was also honoured with the prestigious Judges’ Choice award, which was awarded to the 2016 standout innovative solution.
The complexity of site acquisition for wireless networks is a big issue for many carriers and neutral host operators, giving paramount importance to the development of new antenna technologies. Thus, in collaboration with Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecom provider, Kathrein developed Kathrein Street Connect, the multi-award winning in-ground antenna system that is concealed as a typical manhole cover at street level. Kathrein Street Connect was specially designed for ease of deployment and to withstand weather, road vibration, and heavy road cargo weight. The innovative solution considerably improves network data throughput and speeds.
“These awards by FierceWireless are a testament to the innovation and promise of the Kathrein Street Connect solution and a true honour considering the mobile operator participation on the panel of judges,“ said Jim Nevelle, President and CEO of Kathrein USA. “To win three awards speaks to the innovative power 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. The finalists were judged by an exclusive panel of executives from major telecommunications companies including Verizon, T-Mobile, TeliaSonera, Sprint, and Comcast.