Providing services has always been a major issue at our company, whether through training programmes, special tools or publications.
We are now proud to present the first edition of the CONNECTED WORLD newsletter to you, our new publication for Kathrein customers and partners. With this newsletter we aim to provide you with first-hand information about Kathrein and the world of communication technologies. Each issue will include a "Spotlight on" section, in which we take a closer look at special topics. Our sections "Corporate News" and "Update Business Fields" provide you with latest developments at Kathrein. The "Meet us @" section lists upcoming trade fairs and industry conferences in which Kathrein takes part.
We hope you enjoy reading our CONNECTED WORLD newsletter.
With best regards
Senior Director Marketing
Update Business Fields
Meet Us @
- AfricaCom, Capetown (11.11. - 13.11.2014)
- Electronica, Munich (11.11. - 14.11.2014)
- NATExpo, Moscow (19.11. - 32.11.2014)
- PMR Expo, Cologne (25.11. - 27.11.2014)
- BakuTel, Baku, (2.12. - 5.12.2014)
K-BOW Allows for Flexible Indoor Capacity Management
CONNECTED WORLD: In a nutshell, what is K-BOW?
K-BOW is the name of Kathrein’s wireless in-building solution. With K-BOW, mobile operators and building owners distribute mobile services in buildings and can quickly react to changing capacity requirements.
There are three major trends:
1) Mobile traffic is increasing continuously, the networks of today (macro networks) won’t be able to deliver the required capacity.
2) Demand on mobile services pushes mobile services in the same way as energy, heating and water supply. Today, 80% of mobile traffic is in buildings.
3) Energy saving mechanisms in buildings are increasing, windows are metallised to reflect solar radiation to reduce air conditioning. Telecom signals behave the same way and are reflected. This is why building owners need solutions which distribute mobile services in buildings.
Combining these three trends, you understand the increasing demand for solutions which distribute mobile services in buildings.
CONNECTED WORLD: Now why K-BOW?
Everybody wants to have the same service experience on the streets and within buildings. With LTE, this becomes very tricky for mobile operators. LTE allows data speed to be multiplied by establishing multiple connections between a phone and the network. This technology is called MIMO which stands for Multiple In Multiple Out. MIMO is upgraded in most networks today and end-users are getting their first experience. In buildings, however, dedicated upgrades and investment are required, posing a challenge for mobile operators.
K-BOW helps operators to deliver this MIMO end-user experience in buildings in the most efficient way as it is flexible and thus supports changing and increasing traffic demands with best total cost of ownership for the mobile operator.
CONNECTED WORLD: How does it differ from other solutions?
Other solutions distribute mobile services in a static way. The solutions are hardwired, and changes require engineers to cut cables and connect RF equipment to avoid negative effects such as intermodulation.
K-BOW supports flexibility as configuration changes can be managed remotely and without any demand for service personnel to visit the building. For example, the executive team of a company intends to move to the top floor, which just got empty. The executives request to have prime services, high data speed. With K-BOW this can be configured remotely whereas other solutions require lengthy planning, projects and testing.
User capacity can be switched to high peak areas at peak times and moved in a building whenever required. This includes power saving. The system can be switched to a single service, e.g. UMTS2100, to support emergency calls and still to provide 3G data services where required. We have calculated that power savings of 35% and more are feasible.
CONNECTED WORLD: When will K-BOW be available?
K-BOW is running in our labs already. Since September, we have been able to demonstrate K-BOW to our customers. We have set-up an installation at Kathrein’s headquarters in Rosenheim to show our capabilities in a live environment. K-BOW will be commercially available in the second half of 2015.