Andrew Corporation has introduced OneBase(TM) Macroshelf, an innovative
approach to purchasing and deploying base station radio frequency (RF)
systems that significantly lowers costs and improves network performance
for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers.
OneBase Macroshelf is a combination of Andrew products and technology
into a single, integrated base station transceiver system (BTS) RF
solution that is based on open standards, rather than a custom design.
OneBase Macroshelf is on display in Andrew's booth at CTIA WIRELESS 2005
in New Orleans (Booth #2845, Hall C) from March 14-16.
This new approach enables OEMs to source the entire RF portion of a BTS
cost-efficiently from a trusted provider--Andrew--rather than purchasing
single elements from multiple vendors or doing the work in-house.
Customers now can leverage Andrew's design experience and greater
economies of scale to deliver the industry's lowest cost solution for
the entire RF shelf, according to Mickey Miller, group president, base
station subsystems, Andrew Corporation.
"Andrew's new solution for sourcing base stations is a huge benefit to
our OEM customers," said Miller. "OneBase Macroshelf enables OEMs to
drive costs out of their base station architectures and refocus their
valuable engineering resources to more intellectual property-centric
software in order to build revenue-generating applications."
In this model, OEMs retain full control of the BTS system specifications
and therefore can choose how to position their products in terms of
performance. The OneBase Macroshelf simply provides the RF portion of
that system to meet the customer's RF performance needs.
Today, most OEMs will outsource individual components such as power
amplifiers and filters from multiple vendors that are customized for
their use. OneBase Macroshelf extends that outsourcing trend to another
level by incorporating the complete RF path within a base station,
including the RF transceiver, power amplification, filtering, combining,
and the associated RF shelf hardware. This solution allows the
integration of remote radio units by replacing the RF transceiver with a
simple optical interface. The use of a common interface, such as those
defined by the CPRI(TM) or OBSAI standards, for the OneBase Macroshelf
brings the BTS architecture closer to that of the personal computer
industry, where open interfaces enable peripheral equipment, such as
monitors and keyboards, to connect seamlessly to a PC and network,
according to Miller.
"This approach provides opportunities for cost benefits and performance
improvements, where a vendor such as Andrew can provide all of the RF
elements and use innovation and careful design to offer an integrated RF
package. This is a winning solution and selling benefit for our OEM
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 (www.andrew.com),
headquartered in Orland Park, IL, is an S&P 500 company founded in 1937.
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 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.