Andrew Corporation, a global leader in communications systems and products, has introduced a premium quality family of corrugated aluminum cable as a cost-effective, high quality extension to its industry-leading HELIAX® family of copper corrugated transmission line systems.

HELIAX Corrugated Aluminum Cable and accessories will be produced and distributed globally as a high performing but lower cost alternative to Andrew’s most popular and widely used copper-based cable. It will be the first globally available aluminum cable for wireless networking, and the first offered as a total solution that includes connectors and accessories.

Using a systems approach that provides a performance advantage over any comparable offering, Andrew has combined the premium HELIAX Corrugated Aluminum Cable with its exclusive, patented Positive Stop™ connectors. This combination helps deliver performance and longevity that is unmatched by any aluminum transmission line installation using standard smooth wall cable or generic connectors.

“With the uncertainty of copper pricing impacting our industry, use of alternative metals in transmission line systems provides a cost-effective option for our customers around the world,” said John DeSana, group president, Antenna and Cable Products, Andrew Corporation. “Andrew has leveraged its real-world experience in manufacturing aluminum cable and developed products specifically for wireless applications, ensuring that customers will receive a high level of performance at a lower cost through this aluminum alternative.”

Andrew, the world’s largest producer of transmission lines for wireless radio frequency (RF) applications, offered aluminum cable in the 1960s and manufactured and installed millions of feet over three decades, including specialized aluminum cable for the US government and broadcast companies.

Use of aluminum as the outer conductor in radio frequency transmission lines provides wireless customers with an alternative to all-copper cabling that is lower cost, lighter weight, and highly flexible. And, with Andrew’s systems approach minimizing the difference in mechanical properties of the two metals, the long-term performance of the new aluminum cable can approach that of traditional all-copper transmission lines.

“Aluminum is known to be less ideal than copper for use in handling RF transmission,” said DeSana. “Andrew’s extensive development and testing has led to a new solution that elevates aluminum transmission line systems to be an option for operators seeking a lower cost alternative with minimal sacrifice in quality and performance. It is a complement to our industry-leading portfolio of cable products that customers have relied on for decades.”

The new 50-ohm HELIAX Corrugated Aluminum Cable family is available today in 7/8 inch and 1-5/8 inch diameters.

About Andrew Corporation

Andrew Corporation (NASDAQ: ANDW) designs, manufactures, and delivers innovative and essential equipment and solutions for the global communications infrastructure market. The company serves operators and equipment manufacturers from facilities in 35 countries. Andrew (, headquartered in Westchester, IL, is an S&P 500 company founded in 1937.

HELIAX is a registered trademark of Andrew Corporation.Positive Stop is a trademark of Andrew Corporation.

Forward Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this news release are forward looking statements and we caution our stockholders and others that these statements involve certain risks and uncertainties. Factors that may cause actual results to differ from expected results include fluctuations in commodity costs, the company's ability to integrate acquisitions and to realize the anticipated synergies and cost savings, the effects of competitive products and pricing, economic and political conditions that may impact customers' ability to fund purchases of our products and services, the company's ability to achieve the cost savings anticipated from cost reduction programs, fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, the timing of cash payments and receipts, end use demands for wireless communication services, the loss of one or more significant customers, and other business factors. Investors should also review other risks and uncertainties discussed in company documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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