Andrew Corporation, a global leader in communications systems and products, has added several innovative features to a new release of its Odyssey(TM) cellular radio planning software system that will significantly enhance wireless operators' ability to save network planning time and infrastructure costs.

Odyssey 5.2, the highly robust and accurate network prediction solution for wireless operators, enhances the Andrew Network Solutions portfolio of measurement, radio and transmission planning, and automated cell planning offerings for the entire network lifecycle. Innovative features unique to the new Odyssey 5.2 provide operators with added capabilities to accurately predict radio coverage, as well as simulate and store many simultaneous versions of network designs for conducting trials of "what if" network scenarios.

Odyssey is used by wireless operators worldwide and is backed up by Andrew's global customer support services.

"Odyssey plays an essential part in our network rollout and engineering process, and release 5.2 will deliver even greater benefits," said Elaine Robinson, manager of radio engineering for cellular operator Meteor, Ireland. "For me, Odyssey's most useful function is the statistical element. Using census data that we have imported into Odyssey, I can easily calculate percentage area and population coverage. This is particularly important for our marketing and regulatory departments and ensures we are rolling out service in the most critical areas. And of all the tools that are used by our radio engineering department, I have no hesitation saying that the Odyssey support team is the most professional team I have dealt with."

Odyssey 5.2 builds upon functional flexibility and direct database access interfaces to provide operators with accuracy combined with powerful customization of radio planning and optimization simulations.

One of the many new features of Odyssey 5.2 is scenario planning, which provides network operators more flexibility than they have ever had for radio planning. The concept of a scenario is similar to frequency planning and neighbor planning, where multiple versions of the site database can be created to trial and store multiple simultaneous radio parameter designs. This is done by copying the current radio plan to a scenario and then planning each phase of a current and future network rollout, storing each phase as a unique scenario. These scenarios can then be reviewed and the most optimum network rollout plan selected.

"Operators today must ensure that they offer the highest quality network while keeping operational costs low, and a powerful network planning tool is a key component in their success," said Martin Coates, vice president of Andrew Network Solutions EMEA. "Unrivalled functionality in Odyssey enables operators with tri-band networks to use Optum(TM), our integrated automated cell planning tool, to optimize and store each band and merge the best results into one or more of their network designs. Operators can simulate the best results and combine them seamlessly with the most advanced inter-technology neighbor planning solution on the market."

Andrew Network Solutions, one of Andrew's five product groups, supports the entire network lifecycle with wireless network design, optimization, management, and location solutions for customers, including invex3G(R) for drive testing, Odyssey with MbP (measurement based prediction) for cellular radio planning, Optum for automated cell planning, and for microwave (line of sight) spectrum planning. Find additional information about Odyssey 5.2 at

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 original equipment manufacturers from facilities in 35 countries. Andrew (, headquartered in Orland Park, IL, is an S&P 500 company founded in 1937.

Odyssey and Optum are trademarks of Andrew Corporation. Invex3G and are registered trademarks of Andrew Corporation.

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