TCI to Host Spectrum Management User Group Forum for Nations Across Africa

Fremont, CA — For nations in all parts of the world, the radio frequency (RF) spectrum is a realm as demanding of monitoring and protection as the physical territory a country occupies. To enhance the capabilities of those using TCI spectrum management systems (SMS) in Africa, the company will host spectrum specialists from across the continent at a User Group Forum in Gaborone, Botswana from February 23-25 of this year.

Hosted by the Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA), this Forum will provide an opportunity for the free exchange of ideas and experiences between subject-matter experts from TCI and African regulatory professionals as it applies to each nation’s growing communications infrastructure.

The spectrum monitoring and management mission plays a key role in developing countries. It enforces the licensing rules that enable broadcasters and wireless telecommunications providers to effectively use the radio-frequency spectrum. And it helps identify and eliminate sources of interference that degrade radio, television and communications signals, including vital frequencies used for aviation, maritime operations and emergency services.

Forum attendees will cover topics that include operational best practices and user tips, new trends in SMS applications and equipment and locating the sources of radio signals using the latest hybrid geolocation technology. Advances to be highlighted at the Forum will include TCI’s Model 709 Compact Spectrum Monitoring System (CSMS). The Model 709 is TCI’s next generation ITU-compliant CSMS built to detect and locate modern signals of interest for spectrum allocation and optimization, interference mitigation, public safety and national security missions, using modern Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) technology.

Leveraging TCI’s 50-year legacy of designing, deploying and maintaining spectrum monitoring solutions, the Model 709 offers advantages to regulators that minimize maintenance and training requirements. These features combine to reduce costs for initial procurement and installation as well as recurring costs for site leases and data links to provide an industry-leading low cost of ownership.

While enhancing their spectrum management skills and knowledge, these attendees will also inform the ongoing development of future advances in TCI spectrum management technology.

About TCI
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