HICKORY, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a drive to build upon its ongoing environmental initiatives, CommScope, Inc. is expanding its cable reel recycling program to customers of Andrew Wireless Solutions, the companys division that is a global leader in communications systems and products.

The Andrew Reel Recycling Program is an effort to reduce the waste of reels on which Andrews HELIAX® cables are shipped. CommScope launched its own ReelSmart® recycling program in 1988 for its broadband and wireless cable reels, and today recycles more than 66,000 reels per year, saving approximately 20,000 trees annually. The North Carolina-based company has twice won the Governors Award of Excellence in the large business waste reduction category.

We expect the Reel Recycling Program to drive a higher level of participation and have a far greater environmental impact than the smaller scale reel recovery program Andrew previously had in place, said Stan Catey, group vice president and general manager, Cable Products, Andrew. We are very excited to leverage CommScopes prior experience in making this program a noteworthy success for customers, ourselves, and the global environment.

The Andrew program will be launched in the U.S. and Western Europe this year. It currently is available in Spain, with the U.S. rollout set for June, to be followed by additional European nations later in the year. Andrew hopes to recycle more than 15,000 reels in the continental U.S. alone during the first year of the Reel Recycling Program.

To encourage participation, Andrew has begun charging customers for reels used for shipping HELIAX cables. These charges will be partially or completely reimbursed to customers who participate in the Reel Recycling Program, depending on the condition of the reels when returned. Reels returned in excellent condition may even be awarded reimbursement above the initial charge. Cable reels, made of mostly high grade wood, are used in shipping and storing transmission line cables, with sizes ranging as large as 3.5 meters in diameter.

Andrews wireless cable customers will realize additional benefits besides environmental goodwill. In the absence of recycling programs, cable installers usually break down the wooden reels and either burn or dispose of them in landfills. By participating in the Reel Recycling Program, time and labor is reduced as installers no longer need perform this function. In addition, customers can avoid being additionally charged for reel disposal or landfill fees by local waste management firms. Andrew expects to establish five recycling centers across the U.S. to which cable reels can be returned.

CommScope has been an active and long-time participant in environmental efforts. It joined more than 200 U.S. companies in pledging to rationalize energy consumption and waste as part of the 1992 Energy Policy Act. The company also began voluntarily reporting greenhouse gas emissions in 2002 as part of the Global Climate Change Initiative.

HELIAX and ReelSmart are registered trademarks of CommScope, Inc.

About CommScope

CommScope, Inc. (NYSE: CTV) (www.commscope.com) is a world leader in infrastructure solutions for communication networks. Through its Andrew Wireless Solutions brand, it is a global leader in radio frequency subsystem solutions for wireless networks. Through its SYSTIMAX® and Uniprise® brands, CommScope is a world leader in network infrastructure solutions, delivering a complete end-to-end physical layer solution, including cables and connectivity, enclosures, intelligent software and network design services for business enterprise applications. It is also the premier manufacturer of coaxial cable for broadband cable television networks and one of the leading North American providers of environmentally secure cabinets for DSL and FTTN applications. Backed by strong research and development, CommScope combines technical expertise and proprietary technology with global manufacturing capability to provide customers with infrastructure solutions for evolving global communications networks in more than 130 countries around the world.

This press release includes forward-looking statements that are based on information currently available to management, managements beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events.Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could cause the actual results to differ materially from those currently expected.For a more detailed description of the factors that could cause such a difference, please see CommScopes filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.In providing forward-looking statements, the company does not intend, and is not undertaking any obligation or duty, to update these statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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