Redefining tomorrow. Together.

Edwards_E_c_ektron Eddie Edwards April 4, 2019

ARRIS_CommScope_Eddie_BlogToday is a very exciting day for all of us, as we celebrate the completion of the acquisition that combines CommScope and ARRIS.

We are bringing together two companies -- established and recognized leaders in their respective markets -- with a unique set of complementary assets and capabilities that promise to create a greater experience for our customers and open new opportunities for us to address long-term industry trends such as 5G, network convergence and the Internet of Things.

CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope's President and CEO Eddie Edwards explains how the acquisition with ARRIS will shape the future of wired and wireless communications.

This happens at an unprecedented moment in time... with more than 46,000 photos posted to Instagram and 16 million text messages sent every minute, and 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created every day. People worldwide demand instant response to any communication and expect to be constantly connected.

We're finally at a point where -- with powerful network connectivity and content -- we can give people what they want, when they want it, and where they want it. All of this is made possible by a new generation of wired and wireless networks that is more complex than ever before.

With ARRIS, CommScope is now positioned to create innovative, end-to-end communications solutions -- something that neither company could otherwise achieve on its own. Simply put, this combination creates a communications company with remarkable breadth, depth, and capabilities, a company that will shape communications connectivity and networks of the future. To compete and win globally, we will work together to help our customers meet the growing demand for network accessibility and bandwidth.

I was able to sit down with Bruce McClelland, chief operating officer, to talk about the opportunities for the new CommScope.

I look forward to sharing more details in the coming months as we shape the future of wired and wireless communications, together.

About the Author


Eddie Edwards

Marvin S. "Eddie" Edwards, Jr. is president and chief executive officer of CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. He was named to the company's top position in January 2011. He also serves as a member of the company's board of directors. 

Mr. Edwards previously served as CommScope's president and chief operating officer since January 2010. Before that, he served as executive vice president of business development and general manager, Wireless Network Solutions, since December 2007. He previously served as executive vice president of business development and the chairman of a CommScope wholly owned subsidiary, Connectivity Solutions Manufacturing, Inc. Mr. Edwards also served as president and chief executive officer of OFS Fitel, LLC and OFS Brightwave, LLC, a joint venture between CommScope and The Furukawa Electric Co. 

Before CommScope, Mr. Edwards also served in various capacities with Alcatel, including president of Alcatel North America Cable Systems and president of Radio Frequency Systems. 

Mr. Edwards was presented the 2016 Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Excellence Award by the global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group. It is presented each year to a CEO who exemplified outstanding leadership, business acumen and management excellence in leading a Carlyle portfolio company. 

He also received the 2015 Distinguished Career Award from the Wire and Cable Manufacturers' Alliance. 

Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC named Mr. Edwards its Business Leader of the Year for 2017. 

The Charlotte Business Journal named Mr. Edwards one of the Most Admired CEOs in 2019. 

Eddie is a graduate of Clemson University.