CommScope scores two UK-based wireless businesses

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:08pm
Mike Robuck

CommScope increased its already large portfolio of telecommunications products and services by completing a deal with United Kingdom-based Alifabs Group.

Without disclosing any of the financial details other than it paid cash, CommScope bought the Alifabs cabinets and ancillaries unit in Yorkshire, England and the Alifabs design and construction business in Guildford, England. The former is focused on the manufacture and supply of enclosures for the U.K. telecommunications, utility and energy markets while the latter is a supplier of a cellular monopoles, smaller street works towers and tower offerings.

The deal enables CommScope to leverage Alifabs’ capabilities in supporting metro cell and small cell site acquisition and power and energy requirements as wireless operators throughout Europe transition to LTE networks.

“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. Smith said the deal would help Alifabs expand beyond its U.K. footprint due to CommScope’s large presence in Europe and beyond, while maintaining the relationships and support for its existing operator customers.



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