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Bulgarian Operator Mtel Migrates to Odyssey Radio Planning Tool.

WESTCHESTER, Ill. -- Mtel (formally known as Mobiltel EAD), the leading wireless operator in Bulgaria, has selected and implemented Andrew Corporation's Odyssey[TM] cellular radio planning software system to replace a market-leading radio planning tool.

Odyssey, used by operators worldwide and backed by Andrew's global customer support services, provides radio frequency design for the complete network lifecycle and is the most accurate radio prediction solution on the market today. It significantly enhances a wireless operator's ability to save network planning time and infrastructure costs.

With Odyssey, Mtel now has a consistent method of network planning with its fellow operators in the Mobilkom Austria Group (MAG), the wireless segment of Telekom Austria to which it belongs. All MAG operators use Odyssey, and two of the four operators, including Mtel, use it in combination with Andrew's Omnix[TM] workflow and infrastructure management system.

"We are proud to expand our relationship with Mtel and deliver tools that improve its ability to plan and manage networks," said Martin Coates, vice president, Andrew Network Solutions (Europe). "Odyssey and Omnix work in combination to meet the individual needs of our customers throughout the network lifecycle."

Migrating to a new radio planning tool often is considered a notoriously difficult process, with the investment in training time and database migration seen as the major obstacles that typically prevent operators from switching to a better radio planning tool. Andrew's highly trained, experienced, and proficient support team worked closely in guiding and assisting Mtel's team through every step of the migration process.

"Despite the challenges often associated with a switch, Mtel experienced a highly successful migration to the Odyssey radio planning system," said Michael Jaworsky, senior radio access network planner, Mtel, and responsible project manager for the "Odyssey for Mtel" project. "Andrew provided relentless support and training to ensure the business impact of migrating to Odyssey was minimal and the benefits great. We are delighted to see their high level of support has continued throughout our relationship and that it is a normal part of doing business with Andrew."

Andrew Network Solutions' industry-leading mobile network design and optimization tools and services enhance, synergize, and streamline the entire lifecycle of wireless networks, including cell planning, network deployment, measurement and benchmarking, and optimization.

About Andrew Corporation

Andrew Corporation (NASDAQ: ANDW) designs, manufactures, and delivers innovative and essential equipment and solutions for the global communications infrastructure market. The company serves operators and equipment manufacturers from facilities in 35 countries. Andrew (www.andrew.com), headquartered in Westchester, IL, is an S&P MidCap 400 company founded in 1937.

Odyssey and Omnix are trademarks of Andrew Corporation.

Forward Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this news release are forward looking statements and we caution our stockholders and others that these statements involve certain risks and uncertainties. Factors that may cause actual results to differ from expected results include fluctuations in commodity costs, the company's ability to integrate acquisitions and to realize the anticipated synergies and cost savings, the effects of competitive products and pricing, economic and political conditions that may impact customers' ability to fund purchases of our products and services, the company's ability to achieve the cost savings anticipated from cost reduction programs, fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, the timing of cash payments and receipts, end use demands for wireless communication services, the loss of one or more significant customers, and other business factors. Investors should also review other risks and uncertainties discussed in company documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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