Connecting San Francisco With Distributed Networks

San Francisco’s rolling hills and notable architecture help draw people to Northern California’s epicenter, making San Francisco the most densely populated US city after New York, with over 18,000 people per square mile. In 2016, ExteNet Systems designed and built a extensive distributed small cell network, connected via a high capacity fiber infrastructure, throughout downtown San Francisco in preparation for football’s 50th championship game and the 1M+ visitors it was expected to attract.

  • 995,000+ Residents
  • 4G & 5G Service-ready
  • Dense, high-capacity fiber backbone
  • 2nd most population dense city in US behind NYC

Working closely with city planners, SFPUC, MTA and other constituents, ExteNet adhered to the aesthetic needs of the city and its residents during network design and construction phases. As an additional benefit, ExteNet collaborated with the local utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), to create custom power meters integrated into the smartpoles to monitor power consumption. The network will continue to deliver the city of San Francisco high-speed wireless connectivity for years to come. With the emergence of 5G and the Internet of Things, advanced densified networks like this will be needed to reliably deliver the high-bandwidth speeds enabling those technologies.