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Kathrein: Score of antennae transmit victory

Two sophisticated antenna projects are being showcased at IBC, revealing the technology that helped enable the broadcast of the FIFA World Cup.

The Berlin fan mile dominated the 17th June Street between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column during the 2014 championship. Coverage was guaranteed by 20 antennae for 20 sectors on 10 street lantern sites, all set up in a cell radius of less than 100 metres for the smallest possible cells.

Roughly 700 metres in length, the area accommodated 100,000 fans, who in turn were able to connect with the rest of the world thanks to Kathrein’s mobile communications infrastructure.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the digital TV broadcasting equipment on the new Brasília TV tower was even larger. A Kathrein broadcast antenna system was installed at the top of the 224 metre tower, also known as the Flor do Cerrado.

The steel concrete construction is located in north-east Brasília on the highest point of the metropolitan area. The system was delivered in late 2013 and installed in mid-March 2014, to coincide with the Rio Carneval. Installation and commissioning was carried out by Kathrein engineers on site.