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Rohde & Schwarz in brief

For more than 80 years, Rohde & Schwarz has stood for quality, precision and innovation in all fields of wireless communications. The group relies on its expertise based on 20 years of experience in IT and network security. All Rohde & Schwarz development, sales and service activities focus on the customer.

The company offers a complete test and measurement portfolio for the wireless market. Rohde & Schwarz solutions are used worldwide by leading companies in the wireless communications and mobile network testing market segments. The group also offers T&M equipment tailored to the automotive industry, the aerospace and defense market, all sectors of industrial electronics and research and education. In broadcast and media, Rohde & Schwarz addresses network operators, consumer electronics manufacturers and content providers. The group ranks among the world market leaders in both T&M and broadcasting equipment.

Rohde & Schwarz actively promotes IT and network security. With its cybersecurity solutions, the group protects industry and government authorities against cyberattacks and espionage. Communications and security solutions from Rohde & Schwarz are also used for critical infrastructures. The company additionally offers reconnaissance equipment for homeland and external security as well as communications and reconnaissance equipment for the armed forces.

The Executive Board is made up of Christian Leicher (Chairman) and Peter Riedel. As an independent, privately owned company, Rohde & Schwarz generates its growth from its own resources. Since the company does not have to think in quarters, it can plan for the long term. On June 30, 2016, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 10,000 employees, about 6000 of whom work in Germany. The group achieved a net revenue of EUR 1.92 billion in the 2015/2016 fiscal year (July to June).

A company with a global presence

Rohde & Schwarz has an extensive sales and service network and is present in more than 70 countries. Exports account for approximately 85 percent of revenues. The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and also has strong regional hubs in Asia and the USA.

Rohde & Schwarz is a high-tech company that thrives on innovation. To maintain its high quality standards, Rohde & Schwarz keeps nearly its entire value added chain within the company. Central R&D is located in Germany. Development centers in the United States, Asia and some European countries implement applications that are tailored to the requirements of local customers. Engineers at the Singapore site develop products for the world market. Asia and North America in particular are important growth markets for the group.

Since its founding, the company's philosophy has been to have development and production in close proximity to each other. That is why most products are manufactured near the company's Munich headquarters at its plants in Memmingen, Teisnach (Germany) and Vimperk (Czech Republic). Production facilities in Singapore and Malaysia ensure that production is close to the company's R&D activities at its Asian headquarters. Rohde & Schwarz has been manufacturing broadcast transmitters for the local market in China since 2010 and in Brazil since late 2012.

Employees as a driving force

Thanks to its highly qualified employees, Rohde & Schwarz ranks among the technology leaders in all of its business fields.

More than 700 training courses are offered per year, reflecting the importance that Rohde & Schwarz attaches to ongoing professional training. Rohde & Schwarz also places great value on identifying talented young employees at an early stage and systematically preparing them for responsible specialist and management positions.

The company is also committed to vocational training. Since 1934, Rohde & Schwarz has prepared more than 4500 young people for professional careers in Germany, in professions ranging from electronics technicians and IT specialists to industrial administrative assistants. Trainees also have the opportunity to complete a combined vocational training/degree program. They either opt for a combined work/study program or for the Azubi goes Bachelor program to earn a degree after completing their vocational training. With the Azubi goes Master program, the best bachelor graduates can continue their education.

Rohde & Schwarz focuses on people. Not only does it offer engineering at the highest level, the work environment is characterized by personal responsibility, mutual respect and appreciation. This outstanding corporate culture has been recognized throughout Germany. In 2016, the company was awarded the "FOCUS TOP National Employer" seal for the fourth time in a row. And according to the research institute trendence, Rohde & Schwarz is among the top 100 employers in Germany for students.

Technology and markets

T&M and monitoring solutions for the wireless market, T&M equipment for the automotive industry, the A&D market, industrial electronics, research and education

Since the development of the GSM system simulator in the late 1980s, T&M equipment from Rohde & Schwarz has consistently set standards in the wireless communications industry. From the standardization of new processes to the development and manufacture of products to the integration of new technologies into networks, network monitoring and optimization: Rohde & Schwarz T&M equipment always plays a key role.

The company covers all current mobile radio and wireless technologies, making a decisive contribution to the establishment of 4G mobile communications technologies and participating in leading 5G research initiatives with its own 5G test solutions. The group's core competencies support companies in the growing fields of Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.

Rohde & Schwarz provides T&M and monitoring solutions for the entire wireless market, offering a complete product portfolio for developing and producing chipsets, mobile terminal equipment and base stations. Network operators, infrastructure vendors, service providers and regulatory authorities use Rohde & Schwarz products to plan, install, optimize and maintain their networks. The line of products covers all test scenarios – from mobile network quality measurements to network optimization and service quality monitoring to IP network analysis. Rohde & Schwarz is the only company to offer single-source T&M solutions for the entire lifecycle of a wireless communications network.

With its general purpose T&M equipment for research and industrial electronics, the company supports manufacturers of electronic devices wherever signal generators, spectrum analyzers and network analyzers are needed. For the aerospace and defense industry, Rohde & Schwarz develops T&M solutions for radar and satellite communications systems. The group provides complete systems for EMC and field strength testing. Rohde & Schwarz also offers its T&M expertise to the automotive industry in areas such as infotainment and driver assistance systems, audio and video components and in vehicle wireless communications equipment.

The group is continually strengthening its standing in the oscilloscope segment by adding new models, applications and accessories to its portfolio. Rohde & Schwarz addresses the wide-base market by offering general purpose T&M equipment in the lower price segment.

Broadcast and media technology to meet highest requirements

Rohde & Schwarz has been active in the field of TV and sound broadcasting for almost 70 years. The company has significantly contributed to the development of broadcasting, spanning the entire range from the analog to digital standards to the current high-definition formats. Rohde & Schwarz now supplies solutions along the entire broadcasting value chain, starting with post production in the studio and ending with transmission of the broadcasting signal. From broadcasting to test and measurement to media technology, Rohde & Schwarz always provides the optimum solution for content providers, network operators and device manufacturers.

The group develops groundbreaking systems for professional TV and film post production. The major international players in the TV industry rely on future ready workflows based on Rohde & Schwarz expertise. Broadcast studios and TV control rooms around the world use the company's products to produce and process news and entertainment programs and series.

Rohde & Schwarz offers a complete product line to support the broadcast industry in rolling out the high-definition 4K and HDR standards. Its encoding and multiplexing solutions are used in test operations and initial UHD TV services. The company is also involved in defining future standards, effectively supporting media development.

The majority of digital TV networks worldwide are equipped with Rohde & Schwarz transmitters. The company's transmitters are used in more than 80 countries around the world. Customers choose Rohde & Schwarz transmitters because they provide maximum efficiency and reliability.

The company also offers T&M equipment for installing, maintaining and monitoring broadcast networks. Consumer electronics manufacturers can use this T&M equipment to develop and manufacture both current and next generation devices. One out of every two set-top boxes around the world is tested using Rohde & Schwarz equipment.

Cybersecurity for industry and government authorities

In order for digital transformation to succeed, data and communications must be safeguarded. Digital transformation causes a rapid increase in potential threats for businesses, government authorities and critical infrastructures.
Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity develops and produces a wide range of technologically leading solutions that protect companies and governmental authorities worldwide against espionage and cyberattacks. The portfolio focuses on highly secure encryption solutions, next generation firewalls, endpoint security solutions and network analysis software. The solutions range from easy-to-use, all-in-one products to customized solutions for critical infrastructures. They are developed based on the security-by-design approach for preventing cyberattacks proactively instead of reactively. Rohde & Schwarz has been active in the field of trusted IT security for over 20 years. The electronics group combines the activities of its IT and network security subsidiaries under the umbrella brand Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity. Around 400 employees work at the current locations in Berlin, Bochum, Darmstadt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Saarbrücken.

Communications and security solutions for critical infrastructures

Based on its long-standing expertise, Rohde & Schwarz offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for protecting critical infrastructures, for example at airports.

Drones flying over prohibited areas are an increasing security risk. The flying objects can interfere with safe handling of air traffic. The latest radiomonitoring solution from Rohde & Schwarz makes it possible to detect and locate drone control signals at an early stage and, if necessary, prevent drones from being used.

Rohde & Schwarz offers a new security scanner for security checks. It automatically detects whether the person being scanned is carrying potentially dangerous items on their body or clothing. The millimeterwave technology used in the security scanner is based on the company's long-standing experience in RF engineering.

Rohde & Schwarz communications systems contribute to air traffic safety at more than 200 airports and flight operations centers worldwide. The company provides complete, IP-based, single-source ATC system solutions, from the microphone at the controller working position to the radio system antenna.

Ensuring smooth communications is important, not just at airports. Mobile telephony, government-grade radiocommunications, navigation systems and broadcasting must operate smoothly in their allocated frequency bands. To make sure that happens, Rohde & Schwarz offers portable, mobile and stationary systems for detecting, locating and analyzing radiocommunications signals. Its system solutions meet all of the relevant requirements and recommendations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency responsible for regulating the use of the frequency spectrum.

Reconnaissance equipment for homeland and external security

In many cases, threat scenarios can be identified early on through radio reconnaissance. Rohde & Schwarz provides the responsible services with solutions for identifying and locating suspicious communications activities. Offering receivers, direction finders, signal analyzers, antennas and customized systems, Rohde & Schwarz has been a reliable partner for homeland and external security for many decades. Its portfolio now includes IP network analytics solutions as well.

Satellite monitoring also plays an important role, enabling authorized agencies worldwide to gain insight into satellite-based voice and data communications.

Communications and reconnaissance technology for the armed forces

Military applications require information superiority. This is achieved by their own secure communications links and by effective reconnaissance of other communications links.

Protected and targeted radio reconnaissance delivers a comprehensive operational picture at all times – on the ground, at sea and in the air. The radio reconnaissance systems from Rohde & Schwarz are ideal for signal detection, direction finding, radiolocation and signal processing. They can be deployed in portable and stationary units and can be adapted to situation requirements.

Rohde & Schwarz offers interoperable radiocommunications systems for all branches of the armed forces, allowing them to exchange information efficiently, securely and, if necessary, encrypted. The R&S®SDxR family, a new generation of software defined radios, provides secure communications on the ground, at sea and in the air. State of the art, secure IP technology allows simultaneous and integrated transmission of voice, data, pictures and video. The company developed the joint radio system of the German armed forces (SVFuA).


Long product life is a fundamental quality criterion at Rohde & Schwarz. This is why the group supports its customers throughout all phases of the product lifecycle.

Rohde & Schwarz offers a worldwide service network with 24-hour support. The group's services are tailored to customer requirements. In addition to classic services such as system support, calibration, maintenance, product upgrades and repairs, the company's portfolio includes spare part and on site services as well as customized training courses for customers.

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

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