Kathrein Puts the World’s First K-BOW System into Service

Kathrein has recently fitted a hotel complex on the island of Mauritius with its new indoor mobile communications system K-BOW. This has enabled the Hennessy Park Hotel, located in the trendsetting technology park Ebène Cybercity, to optimise mobile network coverage in its buildings. Network operator Emtel – which is based in the Cybercity – plans to apply the innovative system on a large scale throughout the approximately 60-hectare park. The technology site is considered an important bridge between Africa and Asia.

Reliable mobile network coverage and high data throughput rates are among the most important criteria for hotels in their efforts to ensure customer satisfaction. The Hennessy Park Hotel is the first building complex in the world to be fitted with Kathrein’s innovative Micro C-RAN system. K-BOW offers hotel guests the very best signal quality and high data throughput rates at all times, throughout the premises. Mobile network coverage is provided in the conference rooms, bars and restaurants on the ground floor and in the spa and fitness centre, assembly hall and offices on the first floor, and all guest rooms.

Project implemented within a very short time

Located near the island's capital of Port Louis, the project was completed within a very short space of time: just 45 days passed from the start of planning to initial operation of the system. “We managed this due to smooth collaboration with our customer Emtel”, says Kathrein project manager Saroof Aungraheeta. “It was quite a challenge to install K-BOW while the hotel was still operating as normal. The aim was to ensure that our work did not cause inconvenience to the guests.” Aungraheeta says that everything was coordinated carefully with the hotel management and worked out well as a result.

Mobile network operator Emtel has collaborated closely with Kathrein for many years. This solution was presented at a joint technology workshop: “We were impressed by the overall K-BOW package,” says Paul Valette, CTO of Emtel. “The key benefits are its flexibility and modular structure, and it means we can guarantee our customers excellent coverage throughout the hotel complex. It was important for us to save on energy and costs, too.”

K-BOW to be used throughout Cybercity

Emtel will implement K-BOW throughout the entire technology park so as to ensure the Cybercity enjoys the best possible mobile network coverage. One specific technical aspect of the solution is of particular benefit to the company: the central hub of the Kathrein system connected to the base station is located at Emtel’s company headquarters. From here, the distribution stations in the approximately 60 different buildings can be linked via fibre optic cable and controlled by means of a network monitoring centre.

Putting the Hennessy Park Hotel system into service was the first step on the way to providing mobile network coverage for the entire Cybercity. “I would like to congratulate the K-BOW team on this milestone achievement and also thank our customer Emtel for their excellent cooperation,” says Joe Doering, CSO of the Kathrein Group, commenting on the successful launch of the pilot project in Mauritius. “K-BOW is now a reality - and we’re providing a groundbreaking communication system for a leading technology site.”

80 per cent of data traffic is in buildings

K-BOW is a pioneering technology that addresses the question of how to manage exploding data throughput rates in mobile communication. It is now true to say that more than 80% of mobile data traffic occurs inside buildings. The K-BOW system is flexible and allows capacity to be provided where it is actually needed. It is compatible with all network operators, frequency bands and mobile communication standards, including the latest mobile network generations like LTE Advanced.



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