Timeline

Founded in 1976, CommScope has a history that reaches back decades earlier by virtue of its origin as a product line within Superior Cable Corporation and the transformational acquisitions of Avaya's Connectivity Solutions (SYSTIMAX®) and Andrew Corporation. Over time, the company has evolved from its founding as a cable manufacturer to become a global, diversified provider of broadband, enterprise and wireless infrastructure solutions.

From its beginning, CommScope has played a role in virtually all the world's best communication networks. We create the infrastructure that connects people and technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end solutions includes everything our customers need to build high-performing wired and wireless networks. As much as technology changes, our goal remains the same: to help our customers create, innovate, design, and build faster and better. 


The CommScope Journey at a Glance

Timeline

Historical Timeline

2015CommScope launches the C9516 Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) Optical Line Terminal (OLT). It is believed to be the cable industry’s first temperature-hardened, DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) enabled, 10G EPON OLT, specially manufactured to withstand extended temperature range environments while delivering enhanced functionality.
2015CommScope demonstrates the first known public bandwidth benchmark of 100 Gbps Ethernet applications using short wavelength division multiplexing (SWDM) over wide band multimode fiber (WBMMF).
2015

CommScope introduces Optical PIM Tester, marking the first time a single technician can connect directly to the base band unit at the bottom of the tower and perform a “truly active” PIM test over the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI).

2014CommScope acquires the Alifabs Cabinets & Ancillaries unit in Yorkshire, England, a market leader in the design, production and supply of enclosures for the United Kingdom telecommunications, utility and energy markets. It also acquires the Alifabs Design & Construction business in Guildford, England, a leading supplier of cellular monopoles, smaller street towers and tower solutions in the United Kingdom.
2014CommScope introduces Data Center on Demand™, a data center solution that provides a flexible, highly efficient, purpose-built alternative to the traditional brick-and-mortar data center.
2014CommScope introduces ION®-E, a unified wireless infrastructure platform designed around IT-based structured cabling architecture, making it friendly to both wireless operators and business enterprises.
2013CommScope begins trading as an independent company on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (NASDAQ: COMM).
2013CommScope acquires Redwood Systems®, Inc., an industry leader in LED lighting solutions and integrated sensor networks for data centers and buildings.
2013CommScope acquires iTRACS® Corporation, a global leader in open, enterprise-class data center infrastructure management.
2013CommScope’s EPON solution receives the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Joint Interoperability Test Command certification, approving it for use in U.S. Department of Defense networks. This marks what is believed to be the first time an EPON solution has been designated with this certification.
2013CommScope launches its fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) Turnkey Solution™, enabling successful FTTA site deployments. Its Andrew SiteRise™ tower solution is the world's first pre-assembled tower top for remote radio unit site architectures.
2013CommScope collaborates with Ooredoo to develop the world’s first factory-assembled tower tops for base station remote radios.
2012CommScope introduces the Argus® UltraBand, the world's first ultra-wideband antenna system capable of supporting the four major air-interface standards in almost any wireless frequency range.
2011CommScope acquires Argus Technologies, a leading producer of innovative antenna solutions for wireless applications.
2011CommScope acquires Montreal, Canada-based LiquidxStream Systems Inc., a leader in dense universal edge quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) systems.
2011CommScope becomes privately owned as The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager, acquires CommScope.
2011CommScope launches the LxS-16016, the cable industry's first all-digital, carrier-grade universal wideband edge QAM.
2011CommScope supplies the first active antennas use in an LTE network field trial in North America.
2010CommScope launches BrightPath® Optical Solutions, marking the first time in the cable television industry that cable MSOs and other broadband network operators can purchase a comprehensive headend-to-the-customer solution for converged services from a single provider.
2007CommScope acquires Signal Vision, Inc., a leading supplier of broadband RF subscriber products.
2007CommScope acquires Andrew Corporation. Through its new Andrew brand, CommScope becomes a global leader in radio frequency subsystem solutions for wireless networks.
2007Andrew becomes the first company to produce both radio frequency cable products and antennas in India with the opening of its newly-built production facility in Goa.
2007Andrew releases the industry's smallest Category A 11 GHz ValuLine® III next-generation microwave antenna.
2006CommScope acquires Trilogys MC² trunk and distribution cable television products business.
2006Andrew introduces the industry's first all-digital remote radio head.
2004CommScope acquires Avaya's Connectivity Solutions business and inherits the SYSTIMAX® brand, a globally recognized world leader in enterprise cabling systems. Avaya’s Carrier Solutions—which offered products designed for switching and transmission applications in telephone central offices and secure environmental enclosures—also becomes a part of CommScope.
2004Andrew expands its tower accessory product lines by acquiring selected steel assets from MTS Wireless Components, LLC. It also increases its field services capabilities by acquiring certain assets from ATC Tower Services, Inc.
2004CommScope launches the Uniprise® brand, featuring an end-to-end solution that includes Category 6, Category 5e, multimode fiber and singlemode fiber cabling.
2003Andrew becomes the leading RF subsystem supplier by acquiring Allen Telecom Inc., the parent firm of Comsearch, Decibel Products, FOREM, Grayson Wireless, MIKOM and Tekmar Sistemi.
2002Andrew expands into the active components marketplace for wireless subsystems by acquiring Celiant Corporation, a spin-off of Lucent Technologies and one of the world's leading suppliers of RF power amplifiers.
2001CommScope enters into a joint venture partnership with Furukawa Electric of Japan and acquires interest in Lucent's fiber-optic cable business as part of Furukawa's purchase of Lucent's Optical Fiber Solutions business. The resulting partnership, based in Norcross, Georgia, is named OFS BrightWave.
2000Avaya and its premier SYSTIMAX brand spins out of Lucent Technologies.
1997CommScope begins trading as an independent company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CTV).
1997CommScope introduces the first outdoor-rated Category 5 cables.
1996Lucent Technologies and the SYSTIMAX brand spins out of AT&T.
1996Andrew releases the world's first free antenna system planning software—Powertools™—and die-castable elliptical feedhorns for DTH antennas
1995Andrew acquires Teletilt® technology, a remote control electrical tilt antenna system, which eventually plays a major role in the company's base station antenna offerings.
1994Andrew launches the world's first fiber optic distributed antenna system for indoor wireless coverage, called Britecell® (now ION-B). Andrew also introduces variable tilt technology in its base station antennas.
1994Geometrix®, a mobile phone locating system of Grayson Wireless, which is later acquired by Andrew, is used in the world's first location of mobile phones for commercial use.
1993Andrew releases the world’s first terrestrial microwave antenna with direct radio integration capability (later branded as ValuLine).
1990CommScope again becomes a division of General Instrument, owned by Forstmann, Little and Company.
1989AT&T applies for, receives and begins using the SYSTIMAX trademark for its premises distribution system.
1986M/A-COM, Inc. sells the Cable Home Group to General Instrument Corporation. CommScope becomes a division of General Instrument.
1983The Network Cable division of CommScope is established for the local area network, data communications, television-receive only and specialized wire markets.
1983Andrew launches the world's first dual-band, four-port terrestrial microwave antenna.
1983AT&T Bell Laboratories develops the first structured cabling system known as the AT&T Premises Distribution System; the precursor to SYSTIMAX structured cabling.
1980Andrew begins to restructure to capitalize on cellular technology.
1980Valtec is sold to M/A-COM, Inc. to strengthen and diversify the product lines of both companies. CommScope becomes part of the Cable Home Group for M/A-COM.
1980Andrew launches Decibel® base station antennas in support the first commercial cellular installation.
1979Valtec helps launch C-SPAN by donating fiber-optic cable and equipment to connect the U.S. House of Representatives to C-SPAN’s studios.
1978CommScope enters the optical fiber business with a standard loose-tube outside plant cable
1978Andrew introduces its HELIAX LDF-series annularly corrugated foam-dielectric coaxial cable, another evolution for transmission line technology.
1977CommScope merges with Valtec, Inc., an independent leader in fiber optic technology.
1976Superior Continental sells the CommScope division to a group of Hickory-area investors headed by Frank Drendel. The company’s first office was an abandoned plywood plant on Superior’s Sherrills Ford property in North Carolina.
1970'sAndrew transitions from government and military business to the intercity telephone market, supplying satellite communications antennas to radio and television broadcasters globally.
1967Continental Telephone Company buys Superior Cable Corporation and forms CommScope as a division under the new company, Superior Continental Corporation.
1964 The CommScope product line is first manufactured by Superior Cable for their coaxial cables.
1960'sAndrew responds to the growth of long-haul telephone networks with advanced multi-band microwave antennas.
1953Andrew signs a licensing agreement with the German firm Hackethal Wire and Cable of Hannover, West Germany, introducing air-dielectric coaxial cable to the U.S. market introducing the HELIAX brand.
1953 Superior Cable Corporation is founded in Hickory, North Carolina. Superior's primary product line is telephone cables.
1950'sAndrew enters the microwave antenna field, finding markets in both civilian and military communications.
1948Andrew sells high-power coaxial transmission lines to AM, FM and television broadcasters, effectively entering the commercial broadcast industries.
1947Decibel, a Texas manufacturing firm that Andrew later acquires, produces its first base station antennas.
1938Andrew offers the first smooth wall air-dielectric 70 ohm coaxial cable.
1937Dr. Victor J. "Doc" Andrew establishes the Victor J. Andrew, Manufacturing and Consulting Engineer sole proprietorship, a communications equipment manufacturer and service provider, on Chicago's South Side. The company sells communication products and services to radio broadcasting stations, police departments and airlines in the Chicago area.