Antennas and Design

Design Matters in In-House Solutions

Within office buildings, restaurants, shopping malls or public venues, the design of equipment plays a vital role. Entering these areas with an in-building solution requires a harmonic design which fits into the environment, or at best, the system should not be visible at all.

Besides the attractive shape and timeless design, a special focus was put on ensuring that the active remote units are cooled passively, hence do not require active cooling.

With the Compact Remote Unit and the passive K-BOW antenna family, Kathrein has reached a new level in the design of neutral antenna and in-building components.

The outstanding design was honoured by the IF Industrial Design Award 2015 and the German Design Award 2016.

Type of cover plates

With our new Omni Antenna series for ceiling mounting, you have the possibility to choose between different types of cover plates, depending upon the type of suspension used for the ceiling. We developed three different types to cover all possible use-cases. The antenna module is always identical, but there are different cover plates.

Solution 1

With a suspended ceiling made of polystyrene, rock wool or plastic, there is no need to have a visible cover. You can use our calibration ring to fix the antenna above the suspended ceiling.

Solution 2

With a suspended ceiling made of wood, plasterboard or similar materials, you will require our small cover plate for a hole with a diameter of 250 mm.

Solution 3

With a suspended ceiling made of metal, stainless steel or aluminium, you will require our large cover plate for a hole with a diameter of 385 mm.

Cabling of a DAS System

K-BOW is a next generation future-proof system. With the pure fibre infrastructure between C-Hub,

E-Hub and RU, Kathrein is providing a system which reduces costly additional cable installation when an extension to future technologies and adjusted traffic requirements is needed. Typically, building infrastructures make use of universal cabling, connecting radio, WiFi, IP and sensoring networks.

K-BOW is based on a fibre cabling concept which supports distances between the E-Hub and designated RUs of up to 3 km. Between C-Hub and E-Hub, we support up to 20 km in distance.

This enables best-in-class applications for campus or Micro C-RAN solutions in a dense urban high traffic scenario. 

By installing hybrid fibre cable (HFC), you have the advantage of a thin flexible cable combined with the option to reduce investments by a future-proof broadband connection.

Profile of a hybrid
fibre cable