NEW DELHI: Telecom gear maker Ericsson Wednesday said that it has completed its acquisition of the antenna and filter division of Kathrein.
Germany-based Kathrein offers antenna and filter technologies for radio networks.
The acquisition will help the Swedish company to compete with Chinese rival Huawei that has end-to-end network offerings.
“In addition to expanding Ericsson’s portfolio of antenna and filter products, the acquisition will bring vital competence necessary to evolve radio access products,” the company in a statement said.
The development, according to analysts would help the telecom equipment company to up its play in the fifth generation or 5G radio networks with Nokia trailing behind.
“We are confident that together, we will evolve our radio products that customers need for 5G and beyond. By integrating radios with antennas while making the best use of site space, we will continue to develop a world-class next-generation portfolio,” Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks at Ericsson said.
The antenna domain is evolving using multiple frequencies and technologies, and at the same time, radios and antennas are being integrated to optimise the usage of site space and overall network performance, which is vital for the introduction of 5G.
The Swedish company said that it has gained a competent organisation focusing on R&D, production, and sales, based at more than 20 locations including Germany, Romania, the US, Mexico, and China.