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Hickory based CommScope opens new testing facility in China

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On April 26th and 27th, CommScope held a grand opening event for their new state-of-the-art base station antenna testing facility in Suzhou, China. The CommScope Antenna Performance Assurance Center will test and ensure the performance of the company’s Andrew Solutions products that are used in wireless networks.

The 3G wireless technology usage is growing in China. The new CommScope antenna testing facility will be able to test the performance, environmental impact and various other quality tests on base station antennas.

“The performance and reliability of base station antenna technology becomes even more important to the customer experience in 3G, 4G and the next generations of wireless network,” said Ray Butler, vice president, Base Station Antenna Products and Development, CommScope. “The new CommScope Antenna Performance Assurance Center offers our Chinese customers advanced testing services for ensuring the superior performance of their networks today and into the future.”

The new CommScope Suzhou testing facility offers quality and reliability for base antenna systems. These tests will look at the long-term impact of environmental conditions on antennas and will help develop ways to improve their lifecycles.

“The most significant enhancement is our addition of a new 128-probe testing system in a building designed specifically for optimized verification, which offers enhanced speed, accuracy, and ease of use for testing RF pattern performance,” said Butler. “We also offer a variety of environmental tests and other quality and reliability measurements, as well as training that explains how to make and understand antenna measurements in the near-field antenna range.”

At their Suzhou manufacturing facility, CommScope produces many of its Andrew Solutions products. These products include HELIAX coaxial cables, connectors and cable assemblies, base station antennas, ValuLine microwave antennas and RF filters.

“China remains an important market for CommScope, which is why we are glad to re-invest in our facilities here to deliver high-quality, superior performance antennas and other RF Path solutions to our customers,” said Butler.

The Suzhou facility was originally opened by Andrew Corporation in 1997. CommScope purchased it in 2007. CommScope is headquartered in Hickory, North Carolina and has 11,000 employees world-wide.

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