|[July 01, 2014]
CommScope Acquires Two of UK-Based Alifabs Group Businesses To Expand Wireless Network Site Solutions in Europe
HICKORY, N.C. --(Business Wire)--
CommScope Holding Company, Inc., a global provider of connectivity and
essential infrastructure solutions for wireless, business enterprise and
residential broadband networks, has acquired two of the businesses of
United Kingdom-based Alifabs Group to expand metro cell and small cell
services and to provide additional support for European wireless
operators as LTE (News - Alert) network deployments accelerate.
An installed Alifabs street pole and antenna shroud, available from 8-17 meters. Alifabs is a leading supplier of cellular monopoles, smaller streetworks towers and tower solutions for UK wireless networks. CommScope has acquired the Alifabs Design & Construction and Alifabs Cabinets & Ancillaries businesses in the UK. (Photo: Business Wire)
In the transaction, CommScope
has acquired the Alifabs Cabinets & Ancillaries unit in Yorkshire,
England, which is a market leader in the design, manufacture and supply
of enclosures for the UK telecommunications, utility and energy markets,
and the Alifabs Design & Construction business in Guildford, England,
which is a leading supplier of a full range of cellular monopoles,
smaller streetworks towers and tower solutions in the UK. Alifabs was
founded in 1957 and expanded into the telecom market in 1995, developing
long-standing, deep relationships with all UK wireless operators through
its unique services and custom design solutions for addressing cellular
network requirements for power, planning and site acquisition.
The acquisition enables CommScope to leverage Alifabs' unique
capabilities in supporting metro cell and small cell site acquisition
and power and energy requirements as wireless operators throughout
Eurpe transition to LTE networks and beyond. Combined with its
long-time leadership and expertise in radio frequency solutions through
Solutions® brand, CommScope's addition of the Alifabs
businesses will help operators deal more effectively with the
complexities and challenges of deploying advanced networks quickly and
"Cell sites throughout Europe vary with each operator's needs and each
local jurisdiction's limitations and requirements," said Morgan Kurk,
senior vice president and wireless segment leader, CommScope. "Alifabs
has an outstanding track record in providing quick, dependable,
customized solutions to those responsible for implementing operator
networks. Alifabs will complement our efforts to help operators roll out
LTE while continuing to manage and optimize their 2G and 3G networks.
Together, we strive to solve the problems of multi-frequency,
multi-technology networks quickly with minimal aesthetic impact."
Managing Director Richard Smith and his existing management team are
joining CommScope and will operate the acquired businesses within
CommScope's wireless segment. He said this transaction will help Alifabs
expand quickly beyond the UK through CommScope's extensive presence in
Europe and beyond, while maintaining its relationships and high level of
support for existing UK operator customers.
"I am proud of our hard earned reputation for excellence and results
that the team has achieved over the years," said Smith. "Customers
depend on us for innovative solutions such as thermal management,
outdoor cabinets, monopoles and turnkey services to help them in
planning and deploying network sites. We look forward to expanding on
these capabilities and customer relationships as part of the CommScope
The terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed. CommScope funded
the acquisition from cash on hand. CommScope was advised by Pinsent
Masons LLP (legal) and the shareholders of Alifabs were advised by Mayer
Brown LLP (legal) and Livingstone Partners LLP (corporate finance).
Andrew Solutions is a registered trademark of CommScope, Inc.
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information currently available to management, management's beliefs, as
well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events.
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