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    Spectrum Management

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    Spectrum Management + Computech 1

    From strategic planning to technical implementation,we work with regulators on projects of various size and scope to

    Manage Spectrum Resources

    presented at:

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    Managing The Spectrum LifecycleProject Discipline combined with Innovation

    The management of spectrum resources is now, more than ever, crucial to a countrys communications. Indeed, channel congestion, broadcast interference and the unlicensed

    use of the airwaves inhibit the deployment of the latest in wireless technologies. Countries must manage and control their airwaves. They have to know where and what

    frequencies are being used. And by whom. Countries need to assign spectrum using a systematic process that is every bit as modern and efficient as the technology it


    For more than 16 years, we have provided government authorities a one-stop shop for all aspects of spectrum management. From pre-auction application filing to

    designing and running spectrum auctions, post-auction licensing and reporting & results, our capabilities enable countries to control broadcast assignments within a region or

    country. From processing broadcast applications to selecting frequencies and allocating licenses, we help clients gain control of their airwaves.

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    A spectrum dashboard -- constructed for the FCCs Broadband.gov

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    While best known for our 16 years of continuous service at the FCC, Computech has worked with

    telecommunication authorities around the world in a variety of spectrum-related roles. For instance, we provided

    support to Thailands Post and Telegraph Department by leading spectrum frequency management projects, and

    developed and implemented multiple online auction platforms for Mexicos COFETEL. Recently, both Ofcom (in

    the United Kingdom) and Industry Canada awarded supply agreements that allow us to support their spectrum

    auction programs.

    A 31-year old IT firm founded on the simple idea that the best systems are built in close collaboration between IT

    experts and business experts, we keep our methods simple. The technical services we provide directly relate to

    managing a nations spectrum management lifecycle:



    Secondary markets

    The Build vs. Buy Decision

    We work with regulators to build a strong foundation as they think about re-farming, the digital divide and new

    auction rules + designs. The spectrum lifecycle, from an IT perspective, incorporates three major phases:



    Post-allocation + maintenance

    A portfolio of systems can (and usually does) support each phase. From data collection to integration,

    optimization to validation, our support enables countries to take a programatic approach to managing spectrum.

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    Five Countries, One Clear FocusThe FCC, Industry Canada, COFETEL, Ofcom and the Post + Telegraph Department of Thailand

    Spectrum managementservices

    Designing licensing systems

    Inventory + Audit

    Spectrum dashboards

    Communicating a DTV transition



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    Key Features

    Computechs Auction Platform 4

    In the spectrum auction business since 1994, we have created three generations of Simultaneous Multiple Round (SMR)

    systems (ascending and descending), developed two Package Auction systems, a Combinatorial Clock with final proxy round

    auction system, a Sealed-Bid auction system, and a two-sided Spectrum Exchange system. Additionally, we have built two

    generations of SMR auction systems for Mexicos COFETEL.

    Most recently, we deployed the Computech Auction Platform (CAP) to support COFETELs entire spectrum auctions program.

    Developed by the same auction system experts who built the automated auction systems used by the FCC, we designed CAP

    with a full suite of secure, web-based tools to support a spectrum management program via the Internet.

    Key features of CAP include:

    Fully redundant and reliable IT infrastructure;

    Multi-lingual administration & bidding systems which employ a content management system;

    Support for various auction designs, including Simultaneous Multiple Round, Clock, Exchange, Reverse, and Combinatorial;

    Auction Type Wizard to provide a repeatable, auditable auction setup process to define the auction design (e.g. SMRA), items

    and packages, bidders, bidder to item association, bid controls, and processing and round controls to result in a customized

    auction profile;

    Comprehensive bidder communication module that includes bidder statistics, status summary reporting, an auction timer, and

    allows auction administrators to send messages to auction participants

    Reporting module, delivering viewable and downloadable round by round auction & bidder-specific results in English,

    Spanish or French;

    A playback report for the administration system, which displays a time sequence list of all actions performed by every bidder

    for an open round and updated real-time.


    Spectrum auctionservices

    Design + Format Analysis

    Customization of a Platform

    Training through Mock Auctions

    Conduct Live Auctions

    Host + Support Live Auctions

    Inter-round Optimization


    Results Analysis

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    Auctioning spectrum in Mexico 5

    Auctioning Spectrum in Mexico


    For over a decade, Computech has supported bilingual auctions for the Mexican Governments Comisin Federal De Telecomunicaciones (COFETEL). We first established a partnership with

    COFETEL in 1995, when we were selected to customize a licensed version of the FCCs Automated Auction System. We have served as the sole auction solution provider for COFETEL since

    that time, delivering three custom auction systems. During this timeframe, we expanded our relationship with COFETEL, based on our continued success, to provide auction policy and design

    consulting services in addition to auction system services. We now serve as the service provider that supports COFETELs entire auction program.


    Computech faced tight initial government-mandated deadlines as well as strong public pressure from the Mexican spectrum industry to deliver the completed auction system in just over four

    months from the release of the auction rules. Additionally, Computech must ensure that our platform comply with international standards, operate fully in Spanish, and meet the unique needs

    of Mexicos telecommunication users (e.g. spectrum cap limits and reporting, accommodating on-site bidding).

    Solution:COFETEL selected the Computech team to provide full auction lifecycle support, from initial auction policy, design, and format consultation, through system customization, and live auction

    conduct and support. To support Mexicos spectrum auction plans, we delivered a leading-edge version of our auction platform (CAP) in 2009 for COFETEL to ensure the Mexican

    government could provide spectrum services that incorporated modern auction design and methodology, as well as conformed to international best-practices. After deploying the auction

    system, the Computech team went on-site in Mexico City to lead hands-on training with COFETEL staff for conducting the full auction life cycle with the new system, support internal mock

    auctions, customer mock auctions, as well as the initiation of the live auction process.

    Notable Results:

    On May 25, 2010, the Computech team kicked off COFETELs current two parallel auctions, Auctions 20 & 21, on-site in Mexico City with the COFETEL

    auction team & auction participants. From these two auctions, COFETEL anticipates $1 - $2 Billion pesos in combined high bid amounts.

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    Communicating the DTV transition in the U.S.


    In 2009, Congress required a transition from analog to digital broadcasting. Known as the DTV transition, Congress charged the FCC with providing real-time information to the general public

    in advance of this national switchover.


    While the FCCs main website provided cursory information, such as policy documents and scheduled transition dates, they could not make available real-time transition data, from public-

    facing tracking statistics to internal executive-level decision making. With the vast majority of the U.S. public uninformed and unequipped for the transition, FCC help desks were flooded with

    calls from nervous and confused citizens. Further complicating the transition: service providers kept customer data private, preventing the FCC from modeling supply or demand challenges.

    In addition, allowing industry to shape the message about the risks and costs of the transition to the public undermined confidence in the FCC.


    Working with the FCCs Office of Communication and New Media bureau, we created a dashboard specific to the DTV transition, and separate from www.fcc.gov. We built the site to integrate

    data from non-standard sources (e.g. national broadcasters and crowd-sourced feedback from the public). Packaged in a rich, intuitive interface, behind the scenes DTV.gov required

    complicated analytical transformations, integration with other systems for key data, and authoring tools that enabled business users to keep the site up-to-the-minute fresh. This solution

    enabled FCC staff to mobilize hundreds of grass roots support organizations, Congressional staff, and millions of U.S. households by providing up-to-the-day information on:

    Digital conversion penetration by precise geographical boundary;

    Localized transmission simulations for use by the public; and

    Education and outreach material for support and advocacy organizations, end customers and call centers.

    Notable Results:

    On June 12, 2009, the transition date, 11,744,906 DTV.gov website page views were recorded, a record in one day for the FCC. More importantly, Americans survived the transition to

    digital television without incident, prompting major news organizations to applaud the FCCs efforts to turn the digital TV conversion into a non-event for most Americans.

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    8/10Accounting for spectrum use 6

    Accounting for spectrum use in the U.S.


    The FCCs Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) oversees millions of private, commercial, and non-governmental spectrum authorizations. For years, the WTB issued hundreds of

    thousands of spectrum licenses under 10 wireless services, each characterized by a unique business process and licensing system. Subsequently, a disproportionate number of paper formscollected by the FCC contained inconsistent information, ultimately creating latent and costly application processing delays.


    About 500,000 applications are received per year by the FCC. Prior to development of a universal licensing system, these applications had to be hand keyed, verified with applications, and

    manually moved through many workflows. Moreover, applicants tracked the progress of their application by calling the FCC to get status updates. And to top it off, each of the prior

    applications had their own maintenance and support teams. This poses a real challenge to the FCC in terms of regulation + oversight; that is, who holds spectrum licenses and whos using



    Working with the FCC, we make available web interfaces that allows the public to search for license information and file applications for updating or requesting new licenses. This licensing

    system simplifies the application and licensing processes and provides secure, world-wide access through the Internet. This universal licensing system consists of five major subsystems that

    accommodates all application and licensing processes including:

    Electronic filing;

    Automated application processing;

    Internal administration;

    Automated outputs (letters, Public Notices, emails, authorizations); and

    Searches (internal, external and reports).

    Notable Results:

    ULS collapses 45 data forms into 5, greatly simplifying the tasks of the applicant. By using an online system instead of paper, users receive immediate feedback on data

    entered, which reduces rework. Processing time is reduced to a few days from many weeks, and users can check the status of an application at any time. This encourages

    secondary market competition, as industry now knows who owns which licenses and whats been built.

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    Leadership Team in Brussels 8

    Lawrence FitzpatrickPresident


    [email protected]



    Larry Fitzpatrick, or Fitz, is the president of Computech, a leading technology consulting

    firm that supports numerous public and private clients. Under Fitzs direction, the firm

    creates mission-critical custom applications that last by building software that matters.

    Before joining Computech in 2009, he led the NASD's/FINRA's software development

    organization transformation from scratch to 500+ people in less than 8 years. Before that, he

    was VP at Open Text Corp and at PLS.

    Alfred S. Dominick IIIVice President


    [email protected]



    Al Dominick joined Computech in 2005; since than, hes met with regulators from around the

    world to discuss the various ways technologies help manage scarce spectrum resources. Al

    leads our IT firms business development efforts; specifically, running our sales, marketing and

    communications efforts. A voracious reader, he regularly writes about auctions, data

    management and business intelligence for our firm. He earned his MBA from the University

    of Maryland and BA in Politics from Washington & Lee University.

    Kristofer ShieldsAuction Practice Lead


    [email protected]


    Kris Shields leads Computechs Auction Practice, and specializes in auction systems design

    and development. He has built spectrum auction systems for the last seven years for a varietyof spectrum regulators, including the FCC and COFETEL. Under his lead, Computechs

    auction systems allowed the FCC to generate over $13.8 billion from its AWS auction in 2006,

    where 1,087 licenses were awarded after 168 bidders engaged in 161 rounds of bidding.

    In addition, he led Computechs auction team in support of the FCCs most financially

    successful auction, its 700MHz auction that raised $19.1 billion in 2008. Most recently, Mr.

    Shields led Computechs development and operations research team in the creation of the

    Computech Auction Platform (CAP).

    Dashboards ExchangeInventory Liberalisation

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