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HOTS 07/2001

Issue: July 2001

By: Frank Bisbee


Featured Story


Spring has sprung, fall has fell, summer is back and it's hot as hell. Heat is not your friend. Heat and cabling do not make good bedfellows. From material and transmission perspectives, heat is a destroyer and a degradation agent for the cabling infrastructure. The "Standards" benchmark performance in a very small window of operating conditions and temperatures. If you get above or below those ideal conditions, you may find yourself in the land of "poor performance."

Some years ago, we ran into an interesting case of service problems in Phoenix, Arizona. Almost every summer day, the user had network problems and almost no throughput on their LAN. It usually occurred just after the lunch hour. They placed a service call and the repairman was dispatched. The typical response time was 2 - 2½ hours and the problem was mysteriously gone. This went on for most of the summer. Finally, somebody asked the $64,000 question: "Do you think this has something to do with heat?"

Bingo! The tie cable between the two main buildings was replaced with a new cable jacketed with FEP (Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene)*. The operating temperature range of this material was within the demands of this installation and the problems went away. It seems simple, but it is shocking how many projects fail to recognize the environmental conditions and requirements in the specifications. While most cables fit the needs of the users, there are special conditions, which require more than "just plain old CAT 5e".

As we strive to meet the "need for speed", we are designing cabling infrastructures to meet current demands and provide a barrier to obsolescence. The choice of materials must address the issues of material stability, and environmental requirements. Don't forget about safety. Reduced fire hazard is critical. Elimination of hazardous materials such as heavy metals is another important driver in the selection process. It may look cheap today, however, it could be painfully expensive in the world of removal and recycling.

Building owners will not give up their rights and accept the tenant's use of their buildings as garbage dumps for abandoned cable. Expect to see significant changes in the typical space lease within the next one to two years. We must do a better job of designing, selecting, and installing the cabling infrastructure in order to maximize the value of this unique asset.

Recently, the television news channels aired some footage showing the Mitsubishi Montero SUV* in a series of emergency driving tests. The vehicle tended to tip over on two wheels in the tight turns and almost roll on its side. The visual impact of the testing was sure to have a devastating effect on the sales of this vehicle. The late night comedians were the first to praise the spin-doctors for claiming this vehicle had reduced the exposure to the Firestone tires by 50%.

In a world of politics and elite spin-doctors, we can expect the environmental impact of heavy metals in the cabling to be minimized or our attention will be redirected to other issues. Lead is a heavy metal. Lead is considered a Hazardous Material, and we know the health dangers which lead can cause. As an industry, we need to get the lead out. The cost for the removal and recycling will be BIG. No amount of "spin" will make it go away.

The good news is there is a new generation of enhanced safety datacom cable available. The new limited combustible plenum approved CMP-50 cable does not contain LEAD. You can purchase this cable today. Mohawk/CDT* has a MegaLAN CAT5e CMP-50 cable in production. The cable has Teflon FEP ® insulating and jacketing materials. Inside and outside, this is the safest and most environmentally friendly cable on the market. You can also get the CAT6 GigaLAN CMP cable from Mohawk with the FEP/FEP. You will pay more and you will get more.

These new safe cables (CMP-50) are now available from Avaya and Belden.

Bill Gates is not only the richest man in the world, he is the luckiest. Microsoft has pulled it off again. While not off the hook just yet, they dodged the bullet on a threatened split after Judge Jackson found them guilty of monopolistic activities. Not content to face the split without a fight, they appealed. June 29, 2001, the Appellate Court overturned Jackson's ruling, and sent the case back to trial. Remember the golden rule: He, who has the gold, makes the rules.

Every now and then we find another publication worth praise. The Installer's Edge is a quarterly news publication from Anixter. This publication is Anixter's tool for contractors and its posted on their website. If you don't receive it, request it. It's a great tool to enhance the education of your technicians. The following article is an example of some of the mind provoking material you will find on this site.

When Laboratories Collide - UL vs. ETL Testing

by Andrew Jimenez

Through aggressive marketing, ETL has taken substantial market share from UL in the area of Local Area Network (LAN) cable performance testing. ETL has marketed themselves as the more expedient and cost-effective test house, when compared to UL. They have portrayed UL as a non-responsive bureaucratic test house that takes forever to get a project completed. From Jimenez's past experience, UL can take quite some time to get a product certified.

However, Jimenez also knows that UL never certifies a product until it passes all the standard requirements and a very stringent internal review process. The checks and balances system that UL has always implemented tends to cause delays to which manufacturers are very averse. In addition, UL has a very comprehensive follow-up program to ensure that products made after certification continue to be manufactured consistently with the initially certified and tested product. ETL, on the other hand, is known within the test and measurement community to be less rigorous in both the certification and the follow-up of the products that they evaluate.

Anixter's Levels Lab chose the demanding certification of an organization that commands respect as a result of a long history of uncompromising science. The choice of Underwriters Laboratories over all other contenders was due in part to their unparalleled reputation of integrity. Anixter wants UL's demanding scrutiny and the withering crossfire of peer review, both for the laboratory and the products recommended to customers.

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is perhaps the most respected and widely recognized organization of its type in North America. This venerable institution is a not-for-profit, independent testing and certification organization, with a history dating back to 1894. Fifty-eight thousand companies produce UL-certified products. There are more than 95,000 product evaluations a year with over 500,000 surprise follow-up compliance audits conducted through 193 inspection centers in 71 countries. In addition to these capabilities, UL is active in the development of UL Standards (748 to date) in accordance with ANSI and ASTM guidelines. Underwriters Laboratories is the undisputed leader in U.S. product safety, performance and certification, setting a benchmark by which all other organizations in the field may be measured. The Anixter Levels Lab has been audited based on the ability to use established industry test procedures to qualify vendor products to its own internal purchasing specification requirements. Anixter is still the only distributor that can claim this. Through the Levels Lab, Anixter can provide its customers with independent test data, as well as technical support superior to that of any other competitor.

What's in a name? Sometimes what is in a name stands for a great deal. Over the past few years, we have seen many combinations of cable manufacturers and connector manufacturers teaming up with a structured connector program and an associated warranty game. Not surprisingly, these partnerships were a little on the loose side. The partners did not put their names on the partnership, but instead choose some techie nifty title. When the partnership did not work out, both parties slipped quietly away and left the buyer holding the empty bag. Today, we have a partnership that put their money where their name was. The DRAKA-MOLEX Cabling Systems cable and connector team is connected in many more ways than just product. This is a real commitment to the contractor, installer, and buyer.

In a world of technical advances that come so fast it boggles the mind, how do we determine which product is the best? Which gizmo has the most features and best values? How do you know that one company's "thingamajig" is better than the other company's "whatchamacallit"? When it comes to cable testers, this challenge gets really intense. We tried the graph comparison and the check list of features, we added the challenge of service, warranty, and updates, then we gave up.

Finally in desperation, we found the local lunch stand where many of the techs from all the various companies congregated. This lunch stand was between the Rexel Datacomm site and the Graybar location. It was perfect and filled to the brim with cable technicians. We bought a round of soda pop for the house and we hit them with our question, "What's the best cable tester?" Most of the technicians said they were happy with the tester they had. Then, the complaints started. Lost data, lost records, inconsistent performance, need a Ph.D. to run it, etc. etc. So we rephrased our question, "Is there anybody who has a cable tester that they are happy with?" A half a dozen hands went in the air and they sounded off: "Fluke". One foreman told us that they have many testers from different companies but the Fluke equipment is rock solid and has never blown project test results. One fellow said he preferred Microtest. The foreman said, "Fluke bought Microtest. Next!"

Structured cabling test requirements are changing. Learn how Fluke Networks can save you time and money. Fluke has a series of Network Supervision Cabling Workshops. These workshops qualify for BICSI continuing education credits and offer the latest info on EIA/TIA-568-B standard. This is a good deal.

Hats off to the hard work and accomplishments on licensing for cabling infrastructure in Connecticut. The Connecticut legislature has passed a law establishing a license for telecommunications infrastructure design. Public Act 01-164 is an important step to ensure proper standards based infrastructure designs. The content of the law can be found at This law does not take effect until 2002 and the specific requirements and guidelines for licensure will be available at that time. They are currently being defined by the Department of Consumer Protection to insure compliance with the new law.

This legislation was a collaborative effort between many state agencies, industry professionals and was championed by Senator Thomas Colapietro and Representative John Wayne Fox through the legislative process.

Requiring practical experience and educational proficiency, Connecticut has established a benchmark that will insure proper and competent designs for Connecticut consumers, government agencies and industry in the telecommunications infrastructure design field. This is an important step forward in our industry. Connecticut and those who develop this legislation should be congratulated for taking this important first step. Hopefully, other states will model similar legislation after Connecticut. We plan on watching the developments of this legislation and will provide more information as it becomes available. BICSI also plans to monitor the activities of all proposed legislation and regulations in all 50 states. This program headed by Ron Provost, ( will be called Member Alert. This will not be an easy task as the first batch of information contained more than 5,000 documents. Poor old Provost… better him than I.

Berk-Tek, (New Holland, PA), a Nexans company, announced the launch of its revised website. The company has completely updated the site, geared toward a more interactive, easier to navigate information resource. The URL remains the same at, but the look and format has been updated with new graphics, menu structure and page layouts to allow for user-friendly navigation from anywhere in the site. New features include technical support, online press kits, photo library, comprehensive search capabilities, and links to industry resources. Visitors can access updated contact information on national and local sales representatives. Users can find the latest product information on Berk-Tek's product offering including LANmark™ enhanced UTP copper and patch cables, ADVENTUM™ all environment fiber optic cable, and GIGAlite™optical fiber solutions. Todd Harpel, Marketing Manager at Berk-Tek, commented, "The new web site makes it much easier to navigate and to find the information you're looking for. The site provides information customized to industry professionals, from consultants to contractors, end-users to distributors."

Ortronics, (New London, CT), announces the introduction of three new video modules for use with their Residential/Small Commercial structured cabling systems. Ortronics new video modules are designed to enhance the distribution of digital satellite service (DSS) and cable television (CATV) for cable modem and digital set top boxes. The bi-directional video splitter, which supports two-way transmission between cable modems and addressable set top boxes, will distribute CATV signals to up to eight televisions throughout the residence and can also be connected to additional video splitters. It features a zero signal loss, which maintains incoming signal strength to all eight outputs. The bi-directional splitter also has two additional inputs for distribution of internal sources such as DVD, VCR or security cameras. The power supply for the unit is included. The DSS four-way multi-switch distributes DSS signals to up to four satellite receivers in the home. This multi-switch may also be connected to additional multi-switches to expand to six or eight satellite receivers.

The Diplexer module will distribute CATV or antenna signals and DSS signals over a single coax cable. Typically, most applications require two diplexers. One is used to combine signals (usually in the enclosure) and one to separate signals (at the outlet). Diplexers are ideal for retrofit applications or for use where only one RG-6 coax cable is present.

Ortronics Inc, has further expanded their extensive offering of Residential/Small Commercial enclosures to include the new 28-inch enclosure with hinged door. This larger enclosure is ideal for applications that require frequent or convenient accessibility to the internal components. The new enclosure offers 18-gauge steel construction for maximum strength, and is an attractive durable material that helps protect against scratches and corrosion. The enclosure measures 28" high x 14.25" wide x 4" deep, and offers a total of 49" of rail mounting space (24.5" per side). The enclosure mounts between standard wall studs, so that the opening of the installed cabinet is flush with the wall for an attractive installation. It may also be surface mounted. Depth mounting guides also ensure flush mounting. The hinged door on the 28-inch enclosure is reversible, which allows opening to the left or right. Quick release hinge pins make the door easy to install or remove. Its white powder coat finish makes the enclosure attractive, durable, and able to blend in with any home décor. Other important features include a removable raised center rail, which allows cables to pass behind the modules and offers ease of installation when pulling cables during rough-in stages. Velcro cable lances are provided for optimal cable management, and snap-in cable exit rings protect twisted pair, coaxial and fiber optic cables. Six 2-inch cable holes allow for multiple cable entrances/exits ? four on top and 2 on the bottom. A knockout is also included to provide optional AC power for any active components inside the enclosure.

Ortronics Inc, the Performance and Flexibility People, is pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Hines to Vice President, Fiber Optic Products and Systems. Hines originally joined Ortronics in June 1999, as Director of Fiber Optics. Since then, he has demonstrated exemplary leadership throughout the company that has allowed Ortronics' Fiber Optics business to grow significantly and steadily. Prior to Ortronics, Hines worked as Product Manager, Fiber Optics, for Hitachi Cable Manchester in NH and also held International Sales Engineering positions with SpecTran Specialty Optics Company and Ensign-Bickford Optics Company, both of which are located in Avon, CT.

Lucent's Rating Gets Junked

Ratings firm Standard & Poor's cut Lucent Technologies Inc.'s debt rating to junk status, citing "significant" concerns about the telecom equipment maker's ability to improve profits and cash flow. Other than that "dandy piece" of news, we couldn't get any other info to print from Lucent.

Avaya, SONICblue Slash Jobs

Just when employees thought the layoff dust might be settling and it was safe to hang up another picture in their cubicle, a couple more companies in the high-tech sector are announcing cuts. Avaya Inc. will reduce its staff by 11 percent and SONICblue Inc. will cut 30 percent. A note for the troops: The preferred head-gear is a metal combat helmet. The camouflage pattern is optional.

NFPA-National Fire Protection Association

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Hitachi Cable Manchester, Inc. (Manchester, NH) has released a new mini-catalog that highlights their high-speed, balanced twisted-pair copper cable offerings. Featured cables include HCM's signature Hi-Net 350 TM (category 5e with headroom) and Hi-Net Supra TM (category 6 with headroom) cable families, as well as standard category 5e and 6 products. The catalog showcases HCM's new GoldLAN TM series of TIA compliant hybrid cables and category 5e power sum multipair cables.

Graybar Wins Headline In Business Week

The 6/18 issue of Business Week magazine featured its Info Tech 100 list of the top information technology companies with stock held by the public. An accompanying feature, on private companies, featured the headline "Clicking At Graybar," with the kicker "The 132-year-old electrical switch and cable outfit has revamped its warehouse and distribution system." A large picture accompanying the feature featured a smiling CEO Robert A. Reynolds.

According to the story, while the Internet was creating "booming demand" for voice-data-video products in 1997, the distributor "was behind left behind again. Too often, Graybar simply couldn't get its products to customers quickly and efficiently. With a tangle of 231 local distribution centers, each run as an independent fiefdom, the company could take a week to fill an order and the goods could come from as many as eight different branches with eight different bills to pay." The solution: the company's $144 million program to build 16 "zone" warehouses. Reynolds' take: The plan "has certainly hit our bottom line. We knew it would. But in the next five years, we'll have payback."

NORDX/CDT passes ISO 9001, version 2000 Certification with flying colors!

NORDX/CDT Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Cable Design Technologies (CDT) Corporation, is proud to announce that the company has successfully completed the audit to the new 2000 version of the ISO 9001 system quality standard, making NORDX/CDT the first end-to-end structured cabling system manufacturer to obtain this official recognition. This resulting certification recommendation by QMI (Quality Management Institute) and UL (Underwriters Laboratories), is based on a rigorous auditing process of several specific criteria. For this upgrade, the company's Quality Management system must: establish quality objectives in line with company objectives; measure customer satisfaction; complete the continuous improvement cycle; and audit the processes globally. "The joint QMI/UL audit on June 5 and 6, proved that we have the right focus - our customer. It also proved that we have the right tools to drive improvement, and demonstrated that these tools have made some measurable improvements in the satisfaction of our customers," explained Normand Bourque, President and CEO of NORDX/CDT. "With this 2000 version of ISO 9001, the upper management has to demonstrate its active involvement in the process. This new standard is more focused on prevention rather than reaction; therefore, all the company processes must be developed accordingly."

CableLAN Products, Inc., (Norfolk, MA), a major supplier of premises wiring products, has been named as the exclusive distributor of Chromatic Technologies, Inc.'s fiber optic cables for nuclear power plants used for communication links, data networks, video broadcasting, and emergency system repairs. Chromatic Technologies, Inc., is the only fiber optic manufacturer to offer a line of ruggedized fiber optic cables produced under the Nuclear Regulatory Commission guidelines. In doing so, these cables have undergone a stringent qualification program to guarantee full compliance with flame, radiation and life standards, all in accordance with the nuclear quality assurance requirements and specifications of 10CFR50 Appendix B. This insures the highest level of performance under all conditions, utility, military and commercial. "Chromatic has addressed the utilities and engineering concerns by designing and producing specialty cable constructions needed to address the stringent performance needs," states Jan Pirrong, president of CableLAN Products, Inc. "Through my 30-year active participation with nuclear power plant cables, I have been involved in reviewing the specific needs of these applications, which includes the standards writing process. And, as chairman of a standards group, we produced the IEEE 383 standard that governs the unique cable properties and specifications," states Pirrong. "This experience in the cables' qualification process, coupled with Chromatic's cable design and manufacturing expertise, gives our customers an unmatched offering for this market," he adds. "Many harsh environments such as nuclear power plants are installing fiber optic cable as a viable option to previous copper cabling. Fiber optic cable is lighter in weight, more flexible and is not affected by EMI. The renewed interest in nuclear power plant licensing extensions and fiber optic as a viable media is creating many upgrades and additions in existing facilities, as well as in new construction," he explains.

Some sources said that Pirelli and Alcatel are waiting for the price to fall. Pirelli denies $4 billion bid for Lucent optical fiber unit Pirelli SpA is the latest telecommunications giant said to be interested in bidding for Lucent Technologies' optical fiber and cable unit.

Sunrise Telecom Incorporated will introduce a hand-held 10 Gbps test set for installation and maintenance of high-speed optical networks at SUPERCOMM.

TIA's online exchange offers e-commerce The Telecommunications Industry Association's business- to-business online exchange has been renamed TIAB2B.

Corning Incorporated, (CORNING, N.Y) announced that it is delaying the construction schedule of its previously announced Oklahoma City, Oklahoma optical fiber manufacturing facility. In addition, Corning is slowing the rate of expansion to its Concord, North Carolina plant. The company said the adjustments are necessary to pace its growth in manufacturing capacity and rate of capital spending with current market conditions. These announcements are expected to impact overall fiber manufacturing capacity growth beginning in 2002.

In St. Louis, Graybar Seen As "Not Electrifying" . . . ?

Someone wake up the folks at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch! The headline on a front page feature of the newspaper's Sunday business section (5/23/01) read as follows: "Graybar Is Not Electrifying, But This Steady Distributor Added 1,400 Jobs Last Year, Boosted Sales 21%."

In a down economy with NASDAQ around 2000 instead of 5000 over the past year, what, precisely, one might reasonably ask, is wrong with a 21 percent sales gain? A few key points from the article, which, overall, praised Graybar as a "remarkable firm:" -Because Graybar is employee-owned, "it can invest for the future without fearing Wall Street's retribution when profits fall short for a quarter or two. -Graybar's new zone-warehouse system "eventually will help Graybar control costs, but the company isn't shutting any of its 291 branch warehouses and doesn't plan to lay off any workers." Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Reynolds is quoted saying that the zone warehouses will pay off within five years. -Basic electrical business growth, 20 percent in 2000, has slowed to between 4 and 7 percent so far this year.

From 1995 to 2000, the total return for holders of Graybar stock (the employees) average 15.5 percent a year. In comparison, the Standard & Poor's 500 index returned 18.3 percent/year, "but with more thrills and spills along the way." -Graybar now has 970 employees in the St. Louis area, up from the 200 when it moved from New York in 1983. -The company is Number 336 on the Fortune 500 list of the largest U.S. corporations.

See full coverage on this story and other great manufacturer news from a really well done publication at

The Most Aggressive CEO: Tyco's Kozlowski

The judgment in the headline above is pronounced by Business Week (5/28), in a major story on Tyco, the company that owns AMP, and Fisk Electric (an electrical contractor), and one heck of a lot else. Among other amazing revelations: -Dennis Kozlowski of Tyco plans to double the size of CIT Group Inc., the recently acquired financial company (price: $9.2 billion) within a few years, and achieve earnings growth of 15 percent a year.

Tyco's "obscurity" is referenced, with the magazine noting that "despite its dramatic growth, it remains less well known than companies like Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, or Merrill Lynch, all of which have lower market capitalization."

Kozlowski has a "highly systematized method for identifying, assimilating, and wringing growth out of acquisition targets." Further, "At a time when at least half of all U.S. mergers flounder, one reason Tyco so rarely stumbles is that it develops a detailed game plan for integrating each acquisition before the deal even closes."

Implementation of the plan at AMP was detailed. In the first two days after the Tyco-AMP deal was signed, the company fired 60 of 66 vice-presidents. See full coverage on this story and other great manufacturer news from a really well done publication at

BICSI Elected to 2001 Associations Advance America Honor Roll

BICSI has been elected to the 2001 Associations Advance America Honor Roll, a national awards competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Washington, DC.

BICSI received the award for its partnership with Hillsborough Community College (HCC) in the "Pulling For Progress" program. In 1999, communities across the nation were taking steps to reduce welfare roles. At the same time, telecommunications companies were having difficulty finding and keeping qualified installers. BICSI and Hillsborough Community College, together with local social service agencies and business leaders, created a program that combined BICSI's classroom and hands-on installation training with on-the-job mentoring and employment preparation skills.

"Pulling for Progress" was developed as a community-based program to provide immediate impact for non-custodial parents on welfare. To date, 133 students have successfully completed the program, enabling them to find jobs and be better providers for more than 400 children and 200 additional household members.

Now in it's eleventh year, the prestigious Associations Advance America Awards program recognizes associations that propel America forward -- with innovative projects in education, skills training, standards-setting, and business and social innovation. Although association activities have a powerful impact on everyday life, they often go unnoticed by the general public.

"BICSI's work on the Pulling for Progress program truly embodies the spirit of the Associations Advance America campaign. It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase this activity as an example of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society," remarked ASAE President Michael S. Olson, CAE. For more information on the Pulling For Progress program, contact Richard Dunfee BICSI Training Manager, at 800-242-7405 or Anthony Perry, HCC Program Manager, at 813-253-7737.

Bob Pollock of Corning Cable Systems has been named chair of the Fiber Optics LAN Section of the Telecommunications Industry Association for 2001.

Gerard Lavery Lederer, formerly the executive director for advocacy and research advancement at Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), has joined the Washington, D.C. law firm Miller & Van Eaton, PLLC.

TIA publishes four new fiber optic standards pertaining to optical fiber amplifiers 40 Gbit/s Forum provides insight into the technology of advanced optical networks.

Here is a HOT one for those contractors and installers who are trying to upgrade their capabilities and job skills, but don't have a pipeline to the Federal Reserve. For a small investment of time, you can walk away from these seminars with a new bag of "tools" to improve your business or help you land that elusive pay raise.

Anixter's 2001 National Seminar Series

"The Future of Network Performance"

The Future of Network Performance" is meant to educate and inform the public about advances in the cabling industry and discoveries made at the Anixter Levels® Lab. This series will be hosted in 13 cities across the U.S. and can put you in touch with the resources you need to do your job better. Each half-day event will consist of a complimentary lunch, three seminar presentations, and a short reception. A small tradeshow will feature some of Anixter's top suppliers and their products. The tradeshow will be open during lunch, breaks, and the reception for you to visit with the representatives. For on-line registration and more information please visit:

Seminar Series Locations:

San Diego, CA
July 12, 2001
Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island
1960 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego

Minneapolis, MN
July 19, 2001
The Northland Inn
7025 Northland Drive
Brooklyn Park

Baltimore, MD
August 7, 2001
Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor
110 South Eutaw St.

Kansas City, MO
August 28, 2001
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 West 12th St.
Kansas City, MO

Detroit, MI
September 6, 2001
Marriott Detroit-Troy
200 W. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48084

New York City, NY
September 18, 2001
New York Marriott East Side
525 Lexington Ave.
New York

Oklahoma City, OK
September 25, 2001
Hilton Oklahoma City Northwest
2945 Northwest

CommScope Inc. (HICKORY, N.C), today announced that Mr. Eddie Edwards, formerly President of Alcatel's RFS subsidiary, has been named Executive Vice President-Strategic Development of CommScope and President of its Wireless Products Group. Frank M. Drendel, CommScope Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Eddie Edwards is ideally suited to lead CommScope's worldwide expansion of its wireless business. He brings more than 15 years of experience in the cable industry, strong leadership characteristics and a broad international and financial background. We're all extremely excited to have Eddie help move us forward."

Since 1999, Mr. Edwards served as President of Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), a subsidiary of Alcatel with worldwide operations, which manufactures antennas and cable systems and RF subassemblies for wireless infrastructure.

From 1996-1999, he was President of Alcatel NA Cable Systems, the North American arm of Alcatel's cable business. Prior to that, Edwards held positions in Alcatel as Chief Financial Officer of Cable Operations in the Americas and assumed additional responsibility as Americas Area Manager for Alcatel Cable in 1997. Edwards joined Alcatel in 1986 as Vice President of Planning, which involved work in acquisitions and divestitures. Edwards began his business career with First Union National Bank in 1972 where he held various positions.

"I am excited to join CommScope and look forward to helping expand CommScope's role in the development of wired and wireless communications infrastructures around the world," said Mr. Edwards. Edwards, age 52, is a 1971 graduate of Clemson University and holds a BA degree in economics. He is a past director of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), a national organization for telecommunications manufacturers. He and his wife have two children and live in Hickory, North Carolina. CommScope is the world's largest manufacturer of broadband coaxial cable for Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) applications and is a leading supplier of fiber optic and twisted pair cables for LAN, wireless and other communications applications.


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