Andrew Corp., a global leader in communications systems and products, has been chosen primary vendor of aluminum cable and related products for Leap Wireless International Inc.’s expansion of its Cricket service network in the United States.

Andrew will supply Leap Wireless with HELIAX® aluminum cable, accessories, Positive Stop™ connectors, steel installation products and other wireless network equipment for deployment at Cricket sites over the next two years. Leap’s use of aluminum instead of traditional all-copper cable for this large-scale deployment is expected to result in significant capital expenditure savings.

“Andrew’s bundled offering of various products necessary for this network expansion will help shorten the time required for installation and enable Cricket to deliver quality services faster to customers in markets around the nation,” said Jim McIlvain, vice president of Sales-Americas Region, Andrew Corp. “The choice of aluminum cable, which will be one of the largest such deployments in the US, speaks volumes about Cricket’s innovation and value in meeting the needs of its customers.”

“Andrew’s latest technology reinforces Leap’s goals of high quality with high value,” said Glenn Umetsu, executive vice president, Engineering and Technical Operations, Leap Wireless. “With reduced loading due to the aluminum, our landlords also will benefit. Andrew, for us, represents another excellent supplier partnering with us as we drive to our CDMA2000 launch of Advanced Wireless Services markets.”