The Network of the Future

Kathrein developed its Network Vision 2022 by differentiating between four geographies with specific network demands: large urban areas, suburban areas, rural areas and remote areas.

In big cities, in particular, it will be necessary to expand network capacities significantly. The city of the future will be networked digitally and will provide intelligent solutions for a high quality of life: Networked traffic lights, for example, will use data generated by vehicles to deduce information about current traffic situations and improve the smooth flow of traffic. Networked cycle lanes with luminous surfaces will indicate the ideal speed for green waves. Networked rubbish bins will send signals to the municipal services when they need emptying.

With its Micro C-RAN system K-BOW, Kathrein already provides optimal mobile communication coverage in indoor and campus areas. The company also offers the innovative solutions Kathrein Street Connect, Kathrein Inside Connect and a 4-port micro cell antenna for network densification at hotspots. Such solutions for network densification in city centres will gain great importance in the future. In suburban areas, a powerful and efficient network connection will also become more and more important. Residential buildings and, in particular, industrial firms and enterprises will have increasing demands on data traffic.

Rural areas will need broadband coverage, too. Smart Farming, for example, will require broadband networks. In Smart Farming, agricultural vehicles will work the fields autonomously and drones will be responsible for pest control. Connected Car applications are another example of the necessity of reliable and fast data traffic outside densely populated areas.

Main Network Areas

In urban areas, the network will have to meet highest requirements and cater for a wide range of use cases.

In suburban areas, network advancements will be similar to those in urban areas, with a focus on security, density, high data rates and low latency.

In rural areas, the network will primarily need to bring coverage to previously underserved areas and allow for new use cases.

In remote areas, technological network requirements are less critical with regard to data rates and latency.