Andrew Corporation is extending its technology leadership in wireless
communications infrastructure through the licensing of remote electrical
tilt (RET) antenna technology to three separate companies, while
acquiring additional intellectual property focused on radio frequency
(RF) power amplifiers.
In separate agreements, Andrew has licensed its patented RET antenna
technology for base station antennas to CSA Wireless Group of Kent,
United Kingdom and Newton, North Carolina; Jaybeam Limited of
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom and its sister company MAT Equipment
SAS of Amboise, France; and Sigma Wireless Technologies, Ltd. of Dublin,
Ireland. The agreements entitle these companies to use Andrew's patented
RET technology in the antennas they produce and distribute to customers.
Financial details of the agreements are not being disclosed.
In addition, Andrew has added to its industry leading patent portfolio
through the acquisition of certain patents relating to RF power
amplifiers from BTG (LSE: BGC), the intellectual property and technology
commercialization company based in London and Philadelphia. The patents
focus on amplifier linearization methods and system architectures used
in power amplifiers and transceivers for W-CDMA (wideband code division
multiple access) and CDMA (code division multiple access) applications
for second- and third-generation wireless systems.
Andrew has approximately 1,470 patents (750 active and 720 pending)
worldwide. In addition, the company invested $110 million in fiscal
2004, or about six percent of revenues, in research and development
across all products.
"Through its robust patent portfolio and continued investment in global
R&D, Andrew adds considerable value and differentiation to its products
and systems at the wireless infrastructure subsystems level," said J.C.
Huang, chief technology, strategy, and corporate development officer,
Andrew Corporation. "We are proud to strengthen our significant
collection of intellectual property, while expanding the availability of
our proprietary technology to other vendors for the benefit of customers
The agreements with CSA Wireless, Jaybeam, and Sigma follow previous
licensing agreements with Kathrein-Werke KG of Germany and Argus of
Australia for Andrew's RET antenna technology. In addition, the company
is actively seeking to prevent unlicensed use of its patents by base
station antenna suppliers globally.
Remote controlled electrical downtilt technology (marketed by Andrew as
the Teletilt(R) antenna control system) enables network operators to
remotely adjust the beam elevation of an antenna system and control its
signal coverage footprint. The system optimizes system coverage by
enabling antennas to be adjusted remotely without needing to put the
entire cell-site out of service or sending a crew to adjust the
antennas. RET enables quick site optimization, independent of weather
and site access difficulties.
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
original equipment manufacturers from facilities in 35 countries. Andrew
(www.andrew.com), headquartered in Orland
Park, IL, is an S&P 500 company founded in 1937.
Teletilt is a registered 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 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 international 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.