Kyocera designs antennas for Swisscom WLAN-Box

  • October 17, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

South Carolina-based electronics manufacturer Kyocera AVX designed and developed the custom antennas implemented in Swisscom’s third-generation WLAN-Box that can be used as a repeater or access point to expand residential wifi coverage.

Swisscom is Switzerland’s main telecoms company and has a presence in the Italian market under the guise of Fastweb.

WLAN-Box 3 is an IEEE 802.11ax Wifi 6E device equipped with ten custom Kyocera AVX antennas that deliver tri-band 2.4, 5 and 6GHz performance in a compact form factor. Designed to be used as a repeater or a WLAN access point in residential networking applications installed in detached homes and large or multi-story apartments, the WLAN-Box 3 delivers Wifi 6E performance to provide faster gigabit data speeds, increased data transmission stability and a more satisfying connected home experience.

It also enables wireless internet connectivity for televisions and can be used to form mesh networks for a more extensive wifi range.

“The custom high-performance embedded antennas that Kyocera AVX designed and developed for us allowed us to further optimise our reliable WLAN-Box series,” said Marcel Burgherr, head of home devices at Swisscom. “We’re very glad to provide our customers with even faster gigabit data rates and further improved transmission stability.”

Oliver Pajona, chief scientist at Kyocera AVX in France, added: “Fitting a total of ten embedded antennas in Swisscom’s new WLAN-Box 3 was a real technical challenge due to its compact form factor. The experience, innovation and dedication of our Kyocera AVX Europe and Taiwan RF teams helped us overcome many difficulties and provide Swisscom with yet another optimised result.”  

And Carmen Redondo, director of global antenna marketing at Kyocera AVX, said: “We’re very proud that the rock-solid technology partnership between Swisscom and Kyocera AVX has allowed us to further improve the value that Swisscom’s high-performance wireless devices deliver. We are continuously investing in the research, design and development of innovative wireless technologies optimised to enable the next generation of cutting-edge wireless around the world.”

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese firm Kyocera structured to capitalise on shared resources and technical expertise, Kyocera AVX has a global footprint comprised of several dozen research, development and manufacturing facilities spanning more than 15 countries. It designs, develops, manufactures and supplies capacitors, antennas, interconnects, circuit protection and timing devices, sensors, controls, filters, fuses, diodes, resistors, couplers, and inductors for use in the international 5G, IoT, aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, industrial, medical and military markets.