Fiber optic cable maker CommScope succeeded this week in its second try at acquiring wireless equipment firm Andrew Corp., as Andrew accepted CommScope’s latest offer of $2.6 billion that consists mainly of cash. The agreed-to purchase price of $15 per share represents a significant premium over CommScope’s original unsolicited bid of $1.5 billion that was submitted last August and that the Andrew board rejected as inadequate. At the time of CommScope’s initial offer, Andrew had already accepted a stock offer of $2 billion submitted by ADC Telecommunications. That agreement, however, was terminated after ADC’s stock price declined. Between them, CommScope and Andrew boast 16,000 employees worldwide as well as combined 2006 revenues of $3.8 billion. The pact would give Andrew stockholders $13.50 per share in cash and an additional $1.50 per share in CommScope stock or cash or both. Continuing a consolidation trend among telecom equipment makers that was capped with the merger of Alcatel and Lucent Technologies last year, the CommScope-Andrew deal is expected to provide CommScope with the capacity to meet growing demand for devices and applications that combine video, voice, and broadband while offering constant connectivity. Noting that the combined entity will sell wireless antenna and cable products, carrier and network solutions, enterprise products and broadband/cable TV solutions, CommScope Chairman Frank Drendel predicted that the union of the two companies “will expand our global service model and create an enhanced offering of communications-infrastructure solutions that addresses a broader spectrum of customer needs.”