Antenova celebrates its 20th year

Antenova, a UK-based manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and the Internet of Things (IoT) is celebrating 20 years since it was founded on 3 September 1999.

The company was formed to commercialise the multi-band dielectric resonator antennas developed at Sheffield and Brisbane Universities. It states that were just one tenth of the size of other antennas and ideal for the growing mobile phone market because they supported multiple bands and would not de-tune close to the human head, thereby improving mobile performance, increasing range, battery life and dropped call rates.

Since then, Antenova has devised antenna solutions for each generation of wireless networks. For example, its Fusca Bluetooth antenna, launched in 2007 is still in the company’s product portfolio and remains the company’s smallest high-volume shipment short-range wireless antenna.

More recently, the company has been developing small, multiband antennas for mobile phones to develop high performing antennas for LTE. Some of these antennas have active tuning to support the requirements of today’s IoT products and meet the challenges of small ground planes. Antenova is now migrating these designs to the new 5G standards to create a new generation of embedded antennas for cellular networks.

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