Bidders in the upcoming US Federal Communications Commission auction of 700 MHz spectrum can arm themselves with a valuable advantagethe new 700 MHz AuctionPlanner product from Comsearch, an Andrew Corporation company.

AuctionPlanner provides the critical information that spectrum bidders need to assess the incumbent environment both prior to and after the January 24, 2008 auction of the 700 MHz frequency band, now used for television broadcasting. AuctionPlanner enables users to easily identify current TV stations that operate in the band, supported by customizable maps and spreadsheets that detail existing coverage areas, operating parameters, station classifications and ownership information. AuctionPlanner also helps to provide estimates of the number of sites required to achieve FCC wireless network build-out requirements.

Reliable, complete information is critical to be successful in the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction, said Chris Hardy, vice president and general manager, Comsearch.

AuctionPlanner is easy to use and its wealth of data is organized specifically to benefit spectrum bidders. With AuctionPlanner, customers can easily and quickly assess the spectrum encumbrances and make sound strategic decisions on their bidding process. In addition, the new 700 MHz licensees will rely on the timely transition of analog and digital TV stations to their final digital channel allotments. The clear picture offered by AuctionPlanner of the current operating TV stations will help 700 MHz bidders evaluate whether any incumbency issues remain in a market, and aid in monitoring the successful transition of TV stations out of the signal band after the auction.

Comsearch has assisted numerous bidders in past FCC spectrum auctions through the wealth of data available through its AuctionPlanner products. With 700 MHz AuctionPlanner, users can:

  • Easily identify the analog, digital, low power and translator TV stations in a regional economic area grouping (REAG), economic area (EA) or cellular market area (CMA);
  • Focus only on the specific TV channels of concern and their current Grade B service areas using detailed maps;
  • Estimate build-out coverage information and provide an initial view into the potential challenges of meeting FCC network build-out requirements; and
  • Quickly assess specific TV station operating parameters, station classification, ownership information, and statistics on the number of sites required to achieve build-out requirements.

Additional product information and details are available at

Comsearch (, an Andrew Corporation company, has 30 years of experience providing spectrum management and software and data solutions to the wireless markets. Solutions focus on key areas of spectrum management including strategic consultation, wireless engineering, frequency planning and administration, and monitoring and interference measurements. Its experienced engineers, software products, and information databases have addressed the specific challenges of network design and spectrum management for the evolving wireless industry.

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 (, headquartered in Westchester, IL, is an S&P Mid-Cap 400 company founded in 1937.

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