Company profile

Company profile

Rohde & Schwarz – one technology company, three divisions, diverse markets

Rohde & Schwarz in brief

The Rohde & Schwarz technology group develops, produces and markets a wide range of electronic capital goods. With its extensive product portfolio, the company makes an important contribution to a safer and connected world. In the test & measurement, secure communications, networks & cybersecurity and broadcast & media markets, customers worldwide rely on Rohde & Schwarz and its cutting-edge solutions. In addition to its established business fields, Rohde & Schwarz has made substantial investments in future technologies such as artificial intelligence, the industrial internet of things (IIoT), 6G, cloud solutions and quantum technology.

As an independent, privately owned company, Rohde & Schwarz finances its growth with its own resources. Because the company does not have to think in terms of quarterly results, it can plan sustainably for the long term. Established more than 85 years ago, the group is recognized as a reliable partner for industry and government customers. This reputation dates back to the company's earliest days, when founders Dr. Lothar Rohde and Dr. Hermann Schwarz made a name for themselves as customer centric technology pioneers. With their hands-on entrepreneurial spirit, the two university friends entered the unexplored field of RF engineering. As a global technology company, Rohde & Schwarz consistently aligns business performance with the specific needs of its customers in the three Divisions Test & Measurement, Technology Systems and Networks & Cybersecurity.

The Executive Board is composed of two members: Christian Leicher (President and CEO) and Peter Riedel (President and COO). On June 30, 2021, Rohde & Schwarz had about 13,000 employees worldwide. In Germany, the company employs around 7700 people who work along the entire value chain, from R&D to production, sales and service. The group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.28 billion in the 2020/2021 fiscal year (July to June).

Test & Measurement Division

Rohde & Schwarz is a market-leading supplier in the mobile and wireless communications sector, offering a comprehensive portfolio of T&M instruments and systems for the development, production and acceptance testing of components and consumer devices. Other important T&M markets include the automotive industry, the aerospace & defense sector, all industrial electronics segments as well as research and education.

Technology Systems Division

In this division, Rohde & Schwarz bundles technological system expertise and resources in the markets where project business plays an important role. This applies to communications, reconnaissance and security systems for armed forces and security authorities and organizations as well as operators of critical infrastructures. In addition, broadcast & media realizes the entire signal processing chain from camera output to transmission via the various broadcast channels with Rohde & Schwarz products.

Networks & Cybersecurity Division

The technology company equips business and public authorities with secure WAN, LAN and WLAN network infrastructures and offers products to protect data transmission, user equipment and applications. With its solutions, Rohde & Schwarz protects digital information and business processes of companies and public institutions against the effects of cyberattacks.

Global player

Rohde & Schwarz has an extensive sales and service network and is present in more than 70 countries, primarily with its own subsidiaries. Sales outside Germany account for 85 percent of worldwide revenues. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, the company has strong regional hubs in Singapore and Columbia, Maryland to coordinate business activities in Asia and the USA.

An important factor for maintaining excellent quality standards is the company's high degree of virtual integration. Rohde & Schwarz develops and produces most of its products in Germany. In addition, the Asian hub in Singapore uses its own resources to develop, produce and market products for the global market. The company also has other R&D locations in the USA, Asia, Africa and several European countries.

Rohde & Schwarz has always seen the close proximity of R&D and production locations as a major advantage. The employees at the German plants in Memmingen and Teisnach as well as the Czech town of Vimperk close to the Bavarian border manufacture most of the product range. Smaller plants in Singapore and Malaysia provide manufacturing capacity in close proximity to the R&D activities at the Asian headquarters.

Employees are the most valuable asset

Rohde & Schwarz ranks among the technology leaders in its established business fields. The company's highly qualified and motivated staff are the cornerstone of its success. An inspiring working environment is the springboard for turning customers' challenges and employees' ideas into innovative solutions.

Another Rohde & Schwarz priority, along with the development of all employees, is to identify young talent at an early stage and prepare them for responsible specialist and management positions. Nationality, gender and organizational boundaries are unimportant, and international employee exchanges between headquarters and the various subsidiaries are well established.

Since its founding, Rohde & Schwarz has prepared thousands of young people for professional careers. Today, the company offers training in professions ranging from electronics technicians and IT specialists to industrial administrative assistants. The company offers combined vocational training/degree programs in such subjects as informatics, electrical engineering and industrial engineering and management. The "Poly goes UAS" program offered in conjunction with the polytechnic schools in Singapore have a similar structure. It enables students from Asia to combine a bachelor's degree at a German university of applied sciences (UAS) with internships at cooperating "hidden champions" such as Rohde & Schwarz. The Graduate Development Program (GDP) offered by Rohde & Schwarz North America (RSNA) provides university graduates with opportunities to find their individual career path in the company under the guidance of a mentor.

Rohde & Schwarz focuses on people. The work environment is characterized by personal responsibility, mutual respect and appreciation. This corporate culture pays off: along with the "FOCUS TOP National Employer" seal of approval, the company is proud of its designation as a "Top Employer for Diversity".

Rohde & Schwarz at a glance

Success
Success

Leading solutions in test & measurement, technology systems, and networks & cybersecurity. Net revenue of approximately EUR 2.28 billion in the 2020/2021 fiscal year.

Independence
Independence

Independent, family-owned company.

Global presence
Global presence

Approximately 13,000 employees in more than 70 countries, with subsidiaries in approximately 60 of these countries.

Innovative production
Innovative production

High manufacturing depth in company-owned plants that pays off: Every year, around 300 new products and product enhancements are launched.

Tradition
Tradition

Successful on the market since 1933.

Quality
Quality

Certified in line with DIN EN ISO 9001, 14001, AQAP 2110 and R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC of March 9, 1999. EN 9100 certification for radiocommunications products and relevant production and service fields.

Environmental protection
Environmental protection

Energy efficiency and economical use of resources along the entire value-added chain.

Technology and markets

Wireless

In the past, wireless devices were primarily used for personal communications. Now they are conquering the world of things and connected machines, sensors and vehicles. However, the complex technology can only be mastered with the help of specialized T&M instruments. Rohde & Schwarz provides the necessary equipment for all phases of the value chain. Since the development of the GSM system simulator in the late 1980s, which was commissioned by the GSM consortium and paved the way for mass production of digital mobile phones, the company's T&M equipment has consistently set standards in the wireless communications industry. From the standardization of new processes to the development and production of components, wireless devices and base stations, Rohde & Schwarz T&M technology is always there. It supports all established wireless standards and makes a decisive contribution to the introduction of 5G, connected car applications (V2X), machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the internet of things (IoT).

Automotive

The automobile is increasingly becoming a technology platform, and the complex interaction between the many different electric and electronic components has to be coordinated. Electric drives and energy storage, radars and sensors, computers and data networks, navigation devices, radio and infotainment modules work together or in parallel. As a result, the demand for T&M equipment in the automotive industry continues to grow. Rohde & Schwarz is ideally positioned to satisfy these needs with its unique portfolio of automotive solutions.

Aerospace & defense testing

Rohde & Schwarz meets the high requirements of the aerospace and defense industry (A&D) with its high-end T&M instruments and systems for use in radar and satellite technology, avionics, navigation and military communications. In the race for the worldwide market launch of hybrid and electric aircraft concepts such as eVTOLs for urban air mobility (UAM), Rohde & Schwarz, as an expert in avionics testing applications, offers innovative T&M technology for testing and validating sensors (radar), communications (4G, 5G, satcom), air navigation (GNSS) and general electronics systems.

Industry, components & research

With its T&M equipment for industrial electronics, research and education, Rohde & Schwarz focuses on fundamental technologies and components at the start of the value chain. In cooperation with universities and research institutes, future solutions such as 6G, terahertz applications and quantum technologies are tested and transferred to test and measurement. Customers from various industries benefit from this. The portfolio covers all price and performance classes. It ranges from the testing station for apprentices to RF testing instruments for R&D labs and factories, millimeterwave technology for researchers and turnkey T&M systems for EMC measurements.

The Zurich Instruments subsidiary enables Rohde & Schwarz to position its T&M solutions in the quantum computing field. The leading Swiss T&M manufacturer develops and produces T&M instruments for scientists and engineers exploring phenomena that often seem to defy measurement. The core portfolio includes lock-in amplifiers, impedance analyzers, arbitrary waveform generators and the first commercially available quantum computer control system.

Mobile network testing

Rohde & Schwarz is a reliable, globally leading provider of standalone products, integrated solutions and managed services for testing and optimizing the quality of mobile networks throughout the network lifecycle. The comprehensive solution portfolio supports mobile communications technologies from 2G to 5G. The global expansion of 5G networks requires technical adaptations to network monitoring systems. Major network operators and infrastructure providers worldwide appreciate the test performance of Rohde & Schwarz solutions. The development and construction of highly automated industrial internet of things (IIoT) factories is opening up new business opportunities.

Secure communications

Armed forces need their own highly secure communications equipment to succeed in their missions. Rohde & Schwarz supplies ground, air and naval forces throughout the world with state-of-the art communications and reconnaissance systems. The German company makes a key contribution to the digital sovereignty of government customers for security-critical applications by offering the cross-platform SOVERON® and NAVICS® systems. Rohde & Schwarz radio systems are installed in various types of aircraft and helicopters and integrated into naval vessels of all sizes.

Government

Communications intelligence contributes to de-escalation and conflict resolution. The Rohde & Schwarz portfolio includes detection, direction finding and analysis systems for all frequency ranges and platforms. Communications intelligence (COMINT) systems and radar intelligence (ELINT) systems mutually support each other.

IP network analytics

The Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary ipoque is a globally leading provider of network analysis software for the communications industry. ipoque develops software solutions that enable customers to convert data into intelligence.

Critical infrastructures

For security checks at airports and other access protected areas, the company has developed an innovative security scanner family. Using artificial intelligence, the scanners automatically detect potentially dangerous items on a person's body or clothing. The scanners are in operation at many international airports. A model for the non-regulated market meets the security needs of business and public institutions.

Rohde & Schwarz ATC radio systems for cockpit-tower communications contribute to air traffic safety at more than 200 airports and flight operations centers all over the world. The IP based system architecture allows virtual control centers to be set up, enabling air traffic controllers to manage airplanes over long distances and across borders without having to hand over to another controller. The Rohde & Schwarz CERTIUM® program provides ATC infrastructure operators with all the equipment they need for their communications networks, including radios, direction finders, voice communications systems, network components and software.

It is important to ensure smooth communications everywhere, not just at airports. Mobile telephony, government radiocommunications, navigation systems, IoT products and broadcasting must operate smoothly in their allocated frequency bands. To make sure that happens, Rohde & Schwarz provides telecommunications regulators with portable, mobile and stationary systems for radiomonitoring, radiolocation and radio analysis. These systems, which are often connected to nationwide networks, meet all of the requirements and recommendations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency responsible for regulating the use of the frequency spectrum.

Drones can also pose a security risk. The drone detection solution from Rohde & Schwarz uses the drone's remote control signal to enable users to detect and locate drones and take any necessary countermeasures early on.

Broadcast, amplifiers & media

Like many industries, broadcast and media is under a lot of pressure to keep pace with ongoing digitalization and the shift towards internet based solutions. Rohde & Schwarz, an innovator in the field of broadcasting for more than 70 years, supports this transformation with groundbreaking solutions. Today, the entire signal processing chain, from camera output to transmission via the various broadcast channels, can be realized with Rohde & Schwarz products. The Rohde & Schwarz portfolio includes T&M equipment for the development, production and quality assurance of user equipment and infrastructure components as well as monitoring products for broadcast networks.

Film and TV production studios face the task of preparing themselves for ultra high definition HDR formats and automating their workflows as much as possible. Almost all of their technical equipment has to be replaced. The future belongs to software based solutions with commercial off-the-shelf hardware from the professional IT segment. Rohde & Schwarz offers ingest and playout products for studios as well as video workstations and high-performance storage solutions. R&S®CLIPSTER, for example, is the industry's leading mastering station. It is used by Hollywood studios, Netflix and other producers for film post production and conversion into distributable formats.

UHD/HDR productions are not only being broadcast to viewers via the internet, but also via classic satellite and terrestrial distribution channels. Regular broadcasts can already be received via these channels in many countries – thanks in part to encoding and transmitting equipment from Rohde & Schwarz.

The increasing convergence of digital media is opening up new applications and markets for TV broadcasting. TV transmitters can increase the coverage of 5G networks, broadcasting content such as major live events to mobile devices (5G Broadcast), thereby reducing the burden placed by video content on networks. The transmitters can also be used to distribute data to a large number of similar receiving units, such as IoT sensors or vehicles.

Cloud managed business, network & security solutions, certified & high-grade crypto solutions

The digital transformation is leaving virtually no area of the economy or society unaffected. For it to succeed, data and communications must be safeguarded. The dramatic proliferation of connected products increases the exposure to digital threats for businesses, government authorities and critical infrastructures. For their protection, Rohde & Schwarz offers a complete package of network, cybersecurity and encryption solutions from a single source. Solutions range from easy-to-use, all-in-one products for medium-sized businesses to scalable enterprise solutions. Together with its subsidiaries LANCOM Systems and Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity, the technology company is one of the largest suppliers of network and cybersecurity solutions for professional customers in Europe.

Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity develops and produces a full portfolio of technologically leading hardware and software products based on the security-by-design approach that prevents cyberattacks proactively instead of reactively. The portfolio focus is on highly secure encryption solutions for data transmission and data storage, data exchange in the cloud, endpoint security products and network traffic analysis software.

The LANCOM Systems GmbH subsidiary provides business and government authorities with routers, switches, gateways and firewalls for secure intersite (WAN) and local (LAN and WLAN) networking. Cloud solutions for the increasingly important field of software defined networking supplement the hardware portfolio.

Services

Longevity is a fundamental quality feature of Rohde & Schwarz products. At the same time, however, the high pace of innovation in modern communications technology means that products have to be regularly adapted to new technological developments. Rohde & Schwarz supports customers by offering comprehensive services throughout all phases of the product lifecycle.

A global service network with local contacts ensures short response times. The service portfolio includes standardized catalog products, such as calibration and repair services, and individual service concepts tailored to customer requirements. A free 24/7 hotline provides support for all of the company's products.

Industry is making great efforts to prepare for the fundamental changes accompanying progressive digitalization. Rohde & Schwarz considers this challenge an opportunity to use its expertise to develop innovative service products. The company's remote service solution enables remote maintenance of products via encrypted internet channels.

Rohde & Schwarz regional service centers, production plants and specialized subsidiaries provide a wide range of additional services, including support for special applications, training, manufacturing to order, and the integration, installation, lifecycle planning and commissioning of systems.

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