Andrew Corporation, a global leader in communications systems and products, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Skyware Radio Systems GmbH of Krefeld, Germany, a producer of state-of-the-art electronic products for broadband satellite communications networks.

Under terms of the agreement, which is subject to review by German antitrust authorities, Andrew will pay approximately USD 9 million in cash, with additional cash consideration possible if certain financial performance goals are reached over a two-year period. Privately-held Skyware generated approximately USD 12 million in sales during its fiscal 2004. Its products are in use primarily within the Europe, Middle East, and Africa market.

The addition of Skyware's microwave interactive low noise block (iLNB) and transceiver modules to Andrew's current direct broadcast satellite (DBS) and very small aperture terminal (VSAT) antenna product lines will make Andrew the first manufacturer to produce a comprehensive range of integrated outdoor unit (ODU) antennas for satellite broadband access. iLNBs convert and amplify radio signals, such as television remote control commands from a subscriber back to a satellite service provider.

"Skyware's capabilities are a perfect match with Andrew's existing antenna products, global customer reach, and manufacturing and sourcing capabilities," said Jude Panetta, group president, Satellite Communications, Andrew Corporation. "Our new ability to add transceiver electronics to our VSAT antenna products will meet satellite broadband providers' needs for integrated systems that are easy and fast to order, install, and support. This value-added capability will be unique to Andrew and benefit our customers worldwide."

The acquisition is expected to be slightly accretive to earnings during the first 12 months. As part of the transaction, Skyware and its approximately 40 employees--located in Krefeld, Germany, and Stockport, England--will join Andrew's Satellite Communications Group, which had sales of USD 140 million in fiscal 2005.

Satellite Communications provides a complete line of antennas from 43 centimeters to 9.4 meters for all enterprise, government, and consumer satellite communication applications. Andrew-designed and -built products--which cover C, Ku, K, X, and the emerging Ka band--include type approved earth station antenna hubs and gateways for broadband and broadcast, VSAT broadband antennas for consumer and enterprise customers, DBS antennas for home satellite broadcast systems, and complete installation and testing services.

"Skyware's state-of-the-art low noise signal converters and transceivers for Ku band and Ka band satellite communications applications are well-positioned in the market," said Jochem Borren, commercial manager, Skyware Radio Systems. "As part of Andrew, we will be able to address new global opportunities and help develop the next generation of integrated satellite communications solutions."

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 Orland Park, IL, is an S&P 500 company founded in 1937.

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