Extenet Systems to Improve Wireless Coverage at University of Michigan
Buildout Underway, Enhancing Mobile Connectivity for Students, Faculty and Visitors
LISLE, Illinois – Oct. 11, 2011 – ExteNet Systems, Inc. has been selected to design, build and operate an open distributed wireless network at the University of Michigan (U-M) for use by multiple carriers, the company announced today. The scope of the project at U-M covers both outdoor and indoor space at all three campuses -- Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint.
The distributed antenna system (DAS) network is designed to provide cellular coverage to provide students, faculty, staff and guests access to seamless wireless coverage throughout the campus. The distributed network is planned to cover in excess of 200 buildings, including dorms, classrooms, administrative offices, the stadium, arenas and the medical complex.
“We are committed to providing our customers with the best network experience—whenever and wherever they rely on their wireless devices,” said Mark Emerick, Director of Network System Performance, Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. “We’ve made significant upgrades to our network, including increasing capacity at Michigan Stadium, so that fans can make calls, Tweet, update their status on Facebook and even video chat over our 4G LTE network with friends who aren’t at the game,” he said.
The project will be completed in phases. The next phase will include the medical complex, supporting the wireless needs of physicians, nurses, patients and visitors.
“ExteNet's expanded wireless infrastructure is designed to support the university's mobility needs," said Laura Patterson, Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President of Information and Technology Services at U-M. "Our overall IT strategy includes reducing traditional telecommunications infrastructure costs and enhancing cellular coverage for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus," she said.
ExteNet will work closely with university and carrier personnel throughout the implementation to ensure that the network meets the overall coverage objectives for each campus.
“We are proud to be working with U-M on this exciting project, which will result in high levels of wireless coverage and capacity to improve campus life for all members of the university community,” said Ross Manire, ExteNet’s Chief Executive Officer. “It’s a true partnership working together with the university and carriers to provide the seamless connectivity that students, faculty and guests deserve in a campus environment,” he said.
About ExteNet Systems, Inc.
ExteNet Systems, Inc. designs, builds, owns, monitors and maintains open distributed networks for use by wireless carriers. ExteNet’s networks feature distributed antenna systems (DAS) that enhance coverage and capacity for superior wireless services in both outdoor and indoor spaces. ExteNet provides indoor distributed network solutions designed to improve wireless services in a number of specific environments including commercial real estate, government agencies, healthcare, higher education, hospitality and sports and entertainment.
ExteNet ranked 5th on the Wall Street Journal’s “Next Big Thing” list of the top 50 venture-backed companies in 2011. The company’s executive offices are located in suburban Chicago’s I-88 high-tech corridor. For more information, visit www.extenetsystems.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-505-3800.
“ExteNet” is a registered trademark of ExteNet Systems, Inc.