Orange taps Kathrein and Nokia for 4G/5G single antenna

Thursday 8 February 2018 | 12:38 CET | News

German manufacturer Kathrein, a specialist in base station antennas, said that it is working with Nokia on a new antenna that will support Orange’s future 5G deployment. The news was confirmed by Orange in its announcement of planned 5G test sites in France and Romania, due to go live in the second half of the year. Currently in prototype phase, the new device will be compact enough to be installed on the operator’s existing mobile towers.

The 5G-ready MIMO antenna integrates LTE multi-band support into a single unit. It is powered by Nokia’s AirScale Radio Access, which promises an easy path to 5G, and has 4x4 MIMO capabilities for all frequency bands under 6 GHz.

Installed in Paris, the prototype will help to assess how sites can be upgraded to 5G without additional space requirements on mobile towers. Kathrein said that Orange intends to deploy the new antenna in France in mid-2019 at up to 30 percent of all its sites. 

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