China’s high speed Shijiazhuang-to-Taiyuan railway (the Shi-Tai line) will include a wireless network for all passengers to use, thanks to coverage and capacity solutions from Andrew, the CommScope, Inc. division that is a global leader in wireless communication systems and products.

Andrew will supply its RADIAX® radiating cables to support wireless services for passengers as they travel through the railway’s tunnels enjoying phone, text messaging, and other services. Andrew’s coverage and capacity solution will also support a GSM-R network to enable fully interoperable communications among railway employees and emergency personnel. Andrew’s RADIAX cables are manufactured entirely in the company’s Suzhou, China plant, where outdoor and indoor cable test lines that simulate tunnel conditions are located.

“Andrew’s localized manufacturing in China, as well as its specialized testing environment that mimics a railway tunnel, is a major advantage in serving our customers in this market,” said Ben Cardwell, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Asia-Pacific. “As China continues rapidly constructing and expanding its urban rail transportation networks, Andrew hopes to assist by supporting communication networks across the country.”

The Shi-Tai line has a total length of almost 29 kilometers. In its initial stage of operation, the line will transport all passengers and some freight traffic between Shijiazhuang and Taiyuan. Expected to open in 2009 is the high speed railway line, which will only support passenger traffic with its double-track, completely enclosed design. Train speeds are expected to reach up to 250 kilometers per hour. Upon completion of the railway, travel time to Shijiazhuang from Taiyuan will be reduced to about one hour from the more than five hoursit currently takes. The Shi-Tai line will connect with the Beijing-Shijiazhuang high speed line, allowing passengers to reach Beijing from Taiyuan in little more than two hours.

“Enabling wireless signal transmissions in high speed railway tunnels is a great challenge because of the enclosed environment and rapidly changing signal levels,” said Cardwell. “However, Andrew has a lot of successful experiences in the field of high-speed railway network signal coverage all over the world. Its radiating cables have long been deployed in rail transportation and other mobile communication systems.”

Andrew’s long history of providing advanced wireless infrastructure solutions in China began in the early 1970s and has led to its establishment of solid, long-term cooperative relationships with major Chinese customers, including telecom operators and OEMs. The company is a leading solution provider for communication networks in the rail transportation sector, as well as being the only international manufacturer to produce both radiating cables and repeaters in China. Andrew has provided wireless coverage systems for China’s railways before, most recently in the Beijing-to-Tianjin high speed railway and six lines of the Beijing Metro, both in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Andrew offers operators worldwide a complete portfolio of coverage and capacity products including ION™ fiber distribution antenna systems, Node repeaters, and indoor antennas and passive devices in addition to RADIAX. It boasts over 20 years of experience in designing, testing, installing, and managing complicated wireless signal distribution systems for metropolitan railways, tramways, and other large-sized construction projects. It has applied wireless solutions successfully in more than 30 subway projects in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing and Tianjin. Among numerous other projects, Andrew previously was chosen to provide coverage and capacity for the Turin, Italy underground in advance of the 2006 Winter Olympics and for many of the 2006 World Cup venues in Germany. Past projects that included furnishing in-train repeaters for high-speed rail systems occurred in Taiwan, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Norway.

RADIAX is a registered trademark and ION is a trademark of CommScope, Inc.

About CommScope

CommScope, Inc. (NYSE: CTV)( is a world leader in infrastructure solutions for communication networks. Through its Andrew® brand, it is a global leader in radio frequency subsystem solutions for wireless networks. Through its SYSTIMAX® and Uniprise® brands, CommScope is a world leader in network infrastructure solutions, delivering a complete end-to-end physical layer solution, including cables and connectivity, enclosures, intelligent software and network design services, for business enterprise applications. CommScope also is the premier manufacturer of coaxial cable for broadband cable television networks and one of the leading North American providers of environmentally secure cabinets for DSL and FTTN applications. Backed by strong research and development, CommScope combines technical expertise and proprietary technology with global manufacturing capability to provide customers with infrastructure solutions for evolving global communications networks in more than 130 countries around the world.

This press release includes forward-looking statements that are based on information currently available to management, management’s beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could cause the actual results to differ materially from those currently expected. For a more detailed description of the factors that could cause such a difference, please see CommScope’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In providing forward-looking statements, the company does not intend, and is not undertaking any obligation or duty, to update these statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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