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LS telcom, Inc. Announces First ATSC 3.0 Customer

Cavell Mertz & Associates has purchased CHIRplus_BC Broadcast Planning Tool

 LS telcom, Inc., a worldwide leader in Spectrum Management and Spectrum Monitoring solutions, today announced that Cavell Mertz & Associates, Inc. has purchased the CHIRplus_BC Broadcast Planning Tool.  Key to the sale is the product’s support for both the next generation Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) 3.0 as well as the current ATSC 1.0 standards.  As the broadcast industry moves to the next generation of OFDM based technology, CHIRplus_BC positions Cavell Mertz with a comprehensive solution for handling the complexities of the new ATSC 3.0 standard.  From large scale Single Frequency Networks (SFN) to predictive interference models factoring in LTE network buildouts, CHIRplus_BC delivers a comprehensive set of capabilities designed to maximize next generation of over the air network deployments.  A critical step in the evolution to the Next Generation TV digital broadcast technology, the deployment of ATSC 3.0 delivers broadband throughput, enabling the delivery of custom content, improved streaming capabilities and support for a wide array of on demand options.

The recent Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) released by the FCC (proposing the industry adoption of the ATSC 3.0 as the next generation technology standard) combined with the recent conclusion of the Incentive Auction, starting the clock for a nationwide repack of over the air broadcasters, has signaled significant changes in the coming years for the broadcasting industry.   “With the implementation of ATSC 3.0 now on the horizon and the expected growth in the use of SFN systems, the need for a robust RF planning and evaluation tool became evident. The LS telcom CHIRplus_BC toolset comfortably answered that need for us,” said Gary Cavell, President at Cavell Mertz & Associates, Inc. “We look forward to helping broadcasters explore their options with this new technology.”

“Technologies and toolsets that increase the efficiency and accuracy are required to keep pace with the changes in the broadcast industry.  With the CHIRplus_BC toolset, Cavell Mertz can now benefit from the efficiency and scale of next generation planning capability, maximizing the next generation of broadcast technology,” said Casey Joseph, Vice President of Sales and Business Development.  CHIRplus_BC includes integrated support for the requisite FCC database information, integrated maps, population coverage, and a comprehensive list of supported propagation algorithms including OET-69 Longley-Rice.  CHIRplus_BC delivers a compliant planning capability with comprehensive configuration options that allow network engineers to plan for the current ATSC 1.0 standard as well as maximize the operation of the ATSC 3.0 standard to deliver the highest throughput possible.  Additionally, to further improve the accuracy of the projected coverage mapping, the CHIRplus_BC toolset supports the incorporation of custom antenna broadcast patterns captured by Colibrex ( UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) based measurements.  This custom input collected from the installed antenna array delivers the most accurate antenna input for the broadcast propagation analysis.

About Cavell Mertz & Associates, Inc.

 Cavell, Mertz & Associates, Inc. is a professional engineering consulting firm specializing in the broadcast and wireless communications industries. Cavell Mertz services include, coverage and interference prediction, antenna system specification and design, FCC regulatory support, technology presentations, database creation and management, system analysis, design and monitoring, facility installation, workflow evaluation, professional education, document research and data analysis. Cavell Mertz understands that listening and collaboration are the keys to a successful project and as a result, works closely with clients to fully understand their needs and objectives.  For more information visit the Cavell Mertz website at or


About LS telcom
LS telcom is the global leader in spectrum efficiency. In an increasingly connected world, we assure that all spectrum users achieve their radio communication objectives in the most optimal and cost-efficient way. We deliver technologies and services to national and international regulatory bodies, to mobile and broadcast operators, to transport, critical infrastructure, defence, PPDR and vertical markets. We optimize spectrum management and spectrum use and enable new business models based on the internet of things (IoT). Spectrum users in all markets rely on our experts and software for the planning and design of optimized radio networks. We plan networks of all generations and technologies, including IoT.
On the regulatory side, we supply consulting and support services for spectrum policy development, pricing, auctions, trading, dynamic and licensed spectrum access considering technical, economic and social parameters.
Our highly modern SPECTRA Enterprise IT system provides regulators with fully automated workflow-based e-government capabilities in spectrum management. Combined with our flexible radio monitoring system, it is one of the most advanced systems for spectrum inventory and data mining, enabling highest spectrum efficiency.

Training on network technologies, standards, and regulations as well as radio monitoring system integration and optimization, transmitter installations and measurements complete our offer. Founded in 1992, LS telcom looks back on 25 years of experience in the radio communications market. Since then LS telcom, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, has established memberships with many industry associations and organizations, and cooperates with leading technology universities. This is how we ensure to be up-to-date with technologies, standards and regulations.

LS telcom operates worldwide with subsidiaries and affiliates in the USA, Canada, China, France, South Africa, UAE, and UK as well as representations and support offices in Argentina, Hungary and Oman. With its headquarters in Lichtenau, Germany, LS telcom is listed on the German stock exchange under ISIN DE 0005754402 since 2001.

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