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Commscope in Alifabs deal to meet small cell, LTE demand

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Commscope has moved to expand its metro cell and small cell services after buying two businesses of the UK-based Alifabs Group.

The businesses make and supply cabinets for the telecoms, utility and energy sectors, as well as supply cellular monopoles, smaller street towers and solutions.

Commscope said it would use the businesses to support its metro and small cell acquisition strategy and deal with the power requirements of operators as they increasingly shift onto LTE networks across Europe. 

The vendor said operators will be able to build and deploy advanced networks "quickly and cost-efficiently".

Morgan Kurk, Senior Vice-President and Wireless Segment Leader, CommScope, commented: “Cell sites throughout Europe vary with each operator’s needs and each local jurisdiction’s limitations and requirements. 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.”

Alifabs' Managing Director Richard Smith and the management team will join Commscope to run the businesses following the acquisition. 

Smith said: “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 team.”