Botswana Upgrades SMS Systems with the Latest TCI Technology

Fremont, CA – The Republic of Botswana has committed to a significant upgrade of its national Spectrum Monitoring System (SMS) with the award of a contract for high-performance SMS systems from TCI.

The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) chose to enhance its network by replacing previous-generation systems with TCI’s Model 737 technology. The Model 737 offers the highest performance in the field-proven TCI 700 series of SMS systems. It employs an exclusive, multi-channel, wideband architecture that supports a broad range of processor-measurement bandwidths. Botswana’s upgraded ITU-compliant spectrum monitoring network will now include state-of-the-art hybrid precision geolocation capabilities which combine Angle of Arrival (AOA) and/or Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) measurements.

TCI’s contract includes a combination of HF/VHF/UHF Fixed Station Monitoring Systems and HF Fixed Station upgrades totaling 16 sites, as well as two HF/VHF/UHF Mobile Monitoring Stations for Botswana’s Land Rover platform. TCI also will provide a significant upgrade to BOCRA’s current Automated Spectrum Management System (ASMS) enterprise level software package. The ASMS upgrade will include a high-performance server, telecommunications license classes, integration with Sage accounting system and TCI’s new WebCP (Web Customer Portal) option for online radio spectrum license applications.

Additional upgrades also included in the program will equip fixed sites with the versatile TCI Model 643 dual-polarized VHF/UHF DF spectrum monitoring antennas. The mobile systems will receive TCI’s Model 647D dual-polarized, wide-frequency range antenna. All TCI spectrum monitoring systems utilize Scorpio Client Software, which supports complete remote control of spectrum monitoring and direction finding (DF) operations.

The first phase of the contract was completed in late 2013. The second phase, which includes new TCI 707 TDOA sensors for integration into BOCRA’s AOA network, has completed factory acceptance and is planned for installation in July 2014.

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TCI International, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of SPX Corporation. TCI provides spectrum monitoring, direction finding and signals intelligence solutions to civilian, government and military agencies, as well as antennas for communications and high-power radio broadcasting. TCI is headquartered in Fremont, California. For more information, visit