Andrew Corporation, a global leader in communications systems and
products, has won a major upgrade contract for the Mass Transit Railway
Corporation's (MTRC) territory-wide radio network in Hong Kong.
As part of this project, Andrew will modify MTRC’s
communications infrastructure in stations, tunnels, and other buildings
to enable migration of the railway's radio system from a conventional 80
megahertz (MHz) trunk radio system to an 800 MHz TETRA (terrestrial
trunked radio) system.
“The MTRC is recognized as one of the world's
top railway operators with a reputation for technical excellence," said
Matt Melester, vice president, Wireless Innovations Worldwide Business
Operations, Andrew Corporation. “This radio
frequency (RF) upgrade project for TETRA is one more example of how
accurate that perception is. Andrew has built a highly successful
relationship with MTRC over the last 15-plus years, and we are extremely
proud to continue providing our support of Hong Kong’s
transit system and its customers.”
TETRA is a mobile radio standard often employed by public safety and
emergency organizations. The MTRC’s existing
80 MHz radio system was built in the early 1990s, and while system
expansions were made over the past 14 years, the upgrade will support
significantly more advanced functions, including individual call, group
call with flexible grouping, and digital data transmission.
The project is the latest of a number of large-scale projects on which
Andrew and the MTRC have partnered in recent years, including the
upgrade of the MTRC’s wireless network
infrastructure to support UMTS, a third-generation technology standard
for public mobile phone services, in 2004. Andrew was selected for the
RF upgrade project for TETRA based on its long-term, successful
relationship with the MTRC, its technical expertise, and the superior
performance and value of its products.
Andrew will provide a complete end–to-end
service for the MTRC, from designing and manufacturing the required
system components, through on-site installation, to training the MTRC
staff who will be implementing the system. Andrew will also provide
comprehensive maintenance services to the MTRC as part of this project.
Major Andrew products to be used in the project include the ION™-M
fiber distributed antenna system, RADIAX®
radiating cables, multi-services RF combiners, indoor and outdoor
coaxial cables, passive devices, and accessories. Andrew will also
install the Andrew Integrated Management and Operating System
(A.I.M.O.S.), a software-based solution installed in the operations and
maintenance center, which alerts operators to problems in their network.
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 Westchester, IL, is an S&P MidCap 400 company founded
in 1937. Making its first footprint in Asia Pacific in 1967, Andrew now
employs more than 3,600 people in the region with sales offices in
almost every country in Asia Pacific.
HELIAX and RADIAX are registered trademarks of Andrew Corporation.ION is a trademark of Andrew Corporation.
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