The Howland Company was founded in 1975. In the early years, the company's primary business was the design of microwave point-to-point communications systems. Customers included MCI, Indiana Bell and Southern Pacific Communications, which is now Sprint. The advent of satellite communications and fiber optic cables has dramatically reduced the need for high density, long-haul point-to-point microwave transmission systems, but there are still many cases where point-to-point microwave links are the best choice.
In the mid-1980's the company began to apply its expertise in anechoic chamber design to the radar cross-section measurement problem. RCS measurements require the measurement of very low level signals, and a chamber design that would be acceptable for antenna measurements may have residual background levels that are much too high for RCS measurements. Customers included the Navy's Pacific Missile Test Center, Hughes Aircraft, and Sandia National Labs.
In 1993 a relationship with Motorola's cellular handset business began when The Howland Company was selected to design the overall antenna test facility at the company’s corporate headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois. The facility included an outdoor offset arm spherical nearfield scanner for testing cellular phone antennas on automobiles and trucks.
In 1997 Motorola asked The Howland Company to design an indoor version of the offset arm scanner to meet the requirements of the CTIA Over-The-Air (OTA) test specification. This was the beginning of the Model 5100 Wireless Test Lab and the company's entry into the wireless test market. In 2004, we entered into a license agreement to manufacture and market wireless test accessories designed by Motorola. Our 2008 strategic alliance with Rohde & Schwarz has further increased our capabilities in this sector.
Today, The Howland Company continues to provide engineering design services to both the government and the aerospace and defense industries. In parallel, the company has become one of the world's leading suppliers of wireless test systems, with a complete product line of wireless test systems and accessories.
The Howland Company's reputation for high-quality products and world-class expertise has earned the company a worldwide base of clients and customers in telecomm, aerospace/ defense, and government:
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