San Francisco

Connecting San Francisco With Distributed Networks

San Francisco’s rolling hills and architectural beauty help draw people to Northern California’s epicenter, making San Francisco the most densely populated city after New York City, with over 18,000 people per square mile. In 2016, ExteNet Systems designed and built a massive distributed small cell network in downtown San Francisco in preparation for football’s championship game that year at Levi Stadium.

Working closely with city wireless planners, SFPUC, MTA and other entities, ExteNet ensured the aesthetic needs of the city and its residents were upheld during network implementation. ExteNet also worked with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to create “hockey puck” power meters built into 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 advent of 5G and the Internet of Things on the horizon, massively densified distributed networks like this will be needed to deliver the high-bandwidth speeds enabling those technologies.


"The Big Game has presented many opportunities for our City, including investments in critical infrastructure to meet the demands for higher than normal data usage," said City and County of San Francisco Chief Information Officer. "ExteNet acted quickly to bolster wireless infrastructure to support the surge of cell phone usage, and the updated infrastructure will provide long-term benefits for future large-scale events and daily use in San Francisco."