CommScope's history actually began in the early 1950s with the founding of Superior Cable Corporation.
From its beginning, CommScope® has played a role in virtually all the world’s best communication networks. We create the infrastructure that connects people and technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end solutions includes everything our customers need to build high-performing wired and wireless networks.
As much as technology changes, our goal remains the same: to help our customers create, innovate, design, and build faster and better. We’ll never stop connecting and evolving networks for the business of life at home, at work, and on the go.
||Superior Cable Corporation was founded in Hickory, North Carolina. Superior's primary product line was telephone cable. |
||The CommScope product line was first used by Superior Cable for their coaxial cables. |
||CommScope began manufacturing at the current site in the Sherrill's Ford community in Catawba County, NC. |
||Continental Telephone Company bought Superior Cable Corporation and formed CommScope as a division under the new company, Superior Continental Corporation. |
||Superior Continental sold the CommScope division to a group of Hickory area investors headed by Frank Drendel. |
||Looking ahead to the importance of fiber optic cable in the CATV industry, CommScope merged with Valtec, Inc., an independent leader in fiber optic technology. |
||Valtec was sold to M/A-COM, Inc. in order to strengthen and diversify both companies' product lines. CommScope became part of the Cable Home Group for M/A-COM. |
||The Network Cable division was established for local area network, data communications, TVRO and specialized wire markets. |
||M/A-COM, Inc. sold the Cable Home Group to General Instrument Corporation. CommScope became a division of General Instrument. |
||The CommScope division restructured to CommScope under the direction of Frank Drendel. |
||CommScope again became a division of General Instrument, owned by Forstmann, Little and Company. |
||CommScope began trading as an independent company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CTV). |
||CommScope purchased a coaxial cable manufacturing facility in Seneffe, Belgium. |
||CommScope announced a 5-year, $135 million expansion in Catawba County, significantly expanding its fiber optic and wireless manufacturing, research and development capabilities. |
||CommScope purchased a facility in Jaguariúna, Brazil, which began manufacturing broadband cable products for the Latin American market in 2001. The company also opened up a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Sparks, NV. |
||CommScope entered into a joint venture partnership with Furukawa Electric of Japan to acquire interest in Lucent's fiber optic cable business as part of Furukawa's purchase of Lucent's Optical Fiber Solutions business. The resulting partnership's name is OFS BrightWave, which is based in Norcross, Georgia. |
||CommScope acquired Avaya's Connectivity Solutions business in January 2004. As a result of this transaction, SYSTIMAX(R) Solutions, globally recognized as a world leader in enterprise cabling systems, became part of the CommScope Enterprise group. CommScope Carrier Solutions which offers products designed for switching and transmission applications in telephone central offices as well as secure environmental enclosures, became part of the CommScope Wireless group. |
||CommScope and Furukawa restructured their relationship. CommScope no longer has any equity ownership in OFS BrightWave, LLC, but the companies established a new four-year optical fiber supply agreement. |
||In May 2005, CommScope opened a plant in Suzhou, PR China, to manufacture broadband cables |
||CommScope acquires Trilogys MC² trunk and distribution CATV products business. |
||CommScope celebrates its 30th anniversary. |
On March 18, CommScope acquired Signal Vision, Inc., a leading supplier of broadband radio frequency subscriber products. Product lines include digital passives, indoor amplifiers and addressable taps.
December 27, CommScope completed the acquisition of Andrew Corporation. Through its Andrew Solutions brand, CommScope is a global leader in radio frequency subsystem solutions for wireless networks.
Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group acquired CommScope in January. CommScope stock ceased trading on the New York Stock Exchange.