In advance of the rush of tourists and spectators who will attend the XX
Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy next month, Andrew Corporation has
completed the first phase of a multi-operator cellular system within the
host city's underground that will provide wireless services, including
broadband, to commuters.
In addition, Andrew recently was awarded a five-year contract by SCNF,
France's national railway, for the supply and installation of repeaters
in its new, private GSM-R (the European standard for railway
communications technology) radio system. Andrew's involvement will
extend essential radio coverage in tunnels and other hard-to-reach
locations throughout the French railway's 14,500 kilometer network so to
guarantee service continuity and reliability for train operators.
"Andrew's expertise and technological leadership in providing
world-class wireless coverage and capacity solutions for hard-to-reach
areas such as tunnels and underground systems is recognized around the
world," said Andrea Casini, vice president of Europe, Middle East,
Africa sales, Andrew Corporation. "We are proud to support such
noteworthy projects as these in Italy and France, which help our
customers to provide a higher level of service for thousands of their
subscribers and professional users every single day."
The Turin project is the second such multi-operator system installed in
Italy, following the 2005 multi-operator system in the Gran San Bernardo
Tunnel between Italy and Switzerland for which Andrew also served as
supplier, installer, and project manager. In Turin, the Andrew system
will provide service to customers of the Italian mobile operators.
The two-phased project includes EGSM900, GSM1800 and UMTS coverage for
commuters at any of the underground's 16 stations and on trains
traveling up to 80 kilometers per hour anywhere between. The first
phase, completed last month, covers the underground locations that will
be used most heavily by visitors to the Olympic Games. Completion of the
second and final phase is expected in the summer. The Andrew ION-M
systems being deployed include tri-band GSM/UMTS remote units and
antennas for the stations and tunnels. Andrew is responsible for
management of the entire project, including site survey, coordination
among the four operators, installation, testing, and commissioning.
Andrew offers a complete line of robust and field proven distributed
communications system solutions for difficult coverage areas, tunnels,
metros, and buildings, and has more than 15 years of experience in
designing, installing, and managing large and complex radio frequency
distribution systems for metropolitan railways, building owners, and
public mobile radio and telephone operators throughout the world. Major
projects include the Hong Kong metro, Channel Tunnel, Mecca Road Tunnel,
Denver International Airport, and Rockefeller Center, NY.
Andrew's coverage and capacity solutions will be featured at the
company's exhibit (Hall 1, Stand D08-D09) February 13-16 at 3GSM World
Congress in Barcelona.
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
original equipment manufacturers from facilities in 35 countries. Andrew
headquartered in Westchester, IL, is an S&P 500 company founded in 1937.
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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
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