Andrew 7.6m Earth Station Antenna at the former Belgacom Teleport in Belgium.

Andrew 7.6m Earth Station Antenna at the former Belgacom Teleport in Belgium

An Andrew 7.6m Earth Station Antenna was de-installed in Belgium as part of a larger decommissioning project.

Over the course of 2.5 weeks Skybrokers team prepared, de-installed and disassembled four large Earth Station Antennas from the former Belgium Satellite Services (BSS) site in Liedekerke, Brussels area in Belgium. The project was successfully accomplished in October and part of November 2021. With great support from local contractors, we disposed two NEC (7m & 9m) Antennas that were recycled. An Andrew 7.6m and a VertexRSI 8.1m Antenna will be refurbished prior to resale.

The BSS Proximus Liedekerke Belgium site was cleaned in November 2021. Big project that we could do with great assistance from Proximus staff, Michielsens Crane hire and the local metal recycling company IJzerland.

Andrew Corporation was the owner of Andrew Satellite Communications business and in 2001 formed into ASC Signal Corporation that was acquired by CPI in September 2015. ASC Signal was integrated into the CPI Antenna Systems Division as of 2017 when in 2020 the ASC Signal Antenna division was sold to Kratos Defense & Security. CPI had acquired GDSatcom Technologies in 2019, but the U.S. Justice Department required CPI to divest its ASC Signal Division since there would be a monopoly on the antenna business in the USA.

Skybrokers offers for over 10 years Andrew Satellite Earth Station Antennas, new as well as used. We can provide turnkey solutions, refurbishment and upgrades. We supported several clients with new and used antennas, such as the Andrew 3.7m, Andrew 4.5m and Andrew 4.6m, Andrew 5.6m, Andrew 7.3m, Andrew 7.6m and Andrew 9.3m.

Andrew Corporation was an international supplier of communications equipment, systems, and services. Among the company’s principal products are coaxial cable, connectors, and systems used in various telecommunications systems; a variety of (microwave) antennas and antenna systems and special application antennas used in cellular systems, navigation, FM and television broadcasting, multipoint distribution services, instructional television, radar systems, and surveillance systems; and wireless accessories, including portable antennas, batteries, battery chargers, paging accessories, and hands-free kits. About 57% of revenues were generated in the area of coaxial cable systems and bulk cables. 

Andrew had eight manufacturing plants in the US and additional factories in Canada, Australia, Scotland, Brazil, China, and India and 4,500 employees; nearly half of revenues stem from products exported from the US or manufactured abroad. Andrew sales in 1999 exceeded 791 million USD.

Two manufacturing facilities in the USA and Canada were remaining after restructuring the company in ’97 and ’98. The company supported customers from 35 countries across Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Americas with a worldwide Sales Support organization.