Order intake soars at Rohde & Schwarz

3rd November 2017
Mick Elliott

Rohde & Schwarz closed its fiscal year with a stable net revenue and a record-breaking order intake. The company’s wireless communications and security expertise have enabled it to crack important future markets. In the 2016/2017 fiscal year (July to June), Rohde & Schwarz surpassed 2bn Euro for incoming orders. At 2.06bn Euro, order intake was 14% higher than in the previous year, while net revenue remained stable at 1.91bn.

The test and measurement company has also added 500 staff taking it to 10,500 as of June 30, 2017. All business fields contributed to the success of the fiscal year. Growth was primarily the result of the digital transformation and the progressive networking of many areas of professional and daily life.

The test and measurement business benefited from 5G and networked cars. With its test and measurement solutions for wireless applications, the company plays an active role in the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and fifth generation mobile communications (5G).

In the past fiscal year, it benefited from the increasing investments in 5G research and development.

It also performed well in the automotive market.

To expand this position further, the company is developing a completely new portfolio of automotive radar test solutions.

In secure communications, the company has achieved another important milestone.

In June 2017, it received the order from the German Federal Ministry of Defense to equip 50 command vehicles with the joint radio system of the German armed forces (SVFuA).

SVFuA is the first pillar of the mobile tactical communications (MoTaKo) program for digitising tactical communications within the German armed forces.

Additionally, Rohde & Schwarz has expanded this business field by acquiring a stake in LANCOM Systems, a leading German manufacturer of network solutions for business customers and the public sector.

The manufacturer offers professional users secure, reliable infrastructure solutions for all local and intersite networks (LAN, WLAN, VPN).

As a Germany company, LANCOM Systems also offers products certified by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). These products are used to secure highly sensitive networks and critical infrastructures.

In civilian air traffic control, the migration to IP-based communications is progressing rapidly. Very early on, Rohde & Schwarz integrated voice over IP (VoIP) into its communications systems. In this past fiscal year, the company won an order from the UK air traffic control authority NATS for its fully IP-based voice communications system.

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