CHICAGO, October 28, 2015 – ExteNet Systems, the leading independent provider of distributed networks, has been named a recipient of the 2015 Chicago Innovation Awards in the communications category for its “Distributed Network as a Service” (DNaaS) offering. Wireless carriers use ExteNet’s distributed networks to enhance their service in both outdoor and indoor settings.

“Local innovators continue to illuminate the Chicago region as a growing hotbed of creative activity that cuts across all sectors and industries,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder of the awards alongside renowned Chicago business journalist Dan Miller. “Every winner of the Chicago Innovation Awards demonstrates how a unique solution to an unmet need can bring transformative impact in the marketplace.”

“We are honored to receive the prestigious Chicago Innovation Awards for 2015 and I am looking forward to meeting the distinguished leaders of our city and state to discuss the role our distributed networks play in enabling advanced wireless connectivity,” said ExteNet President and CEO Ross Manire. “ExteNet has been at the forefront of innovation in the wireless networking industry and we’re honored by this acknowledgement from the Chicago Innovation Awards judging committee for our contributions, and for recognizing the importance of pervasive mobile communications networks in enabling a connected society and workforce. Job creation and talent retention are strategic initiatives for us and I am pleased to share that we have added over 100 new employees in the past eight quarters, with over 50 percent located in the Chicagoland area.”

ExteNet has deployed its outdoor and indoor distributed networks in each of the top 20 metropolitan service areas in the U.S., including Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Miami and Boston. In Chicago, ExteNet’s distributed networks enable 3G and 4G LTE service for the national wireless carriers in various deployments, including outdoor areas and several indoor networks such as The Museum of Science and Industry, Willis Tower, Trump Tower and a host of other marquee hotels and Class A commercial office buildings.

ExteNet has over 20 issued or pending patents, addressing unique deployment methods applicable to distributed networks including real-time location-based services, antenna installation techniques and multicarrier distributed core network architectures, among others. ExteNet remains committed to bringing innovation to its own backyard in Chicago, with a recent example being the extensive work being conducted to deliver 3G and 4G LTE connectivity to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), a mega-project conceived by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“This marks the third consecutive year that over 500 organizations have been nominated for the awards,” said Luke Tanen, Executive Director of the Chicago Innovation Awards. “We are seeing an influx of talent and capital that continues to fuel innovative activity in the Chicago region.”

For more information on the Chicago Innovation Awards, please click here.

The Chicago Innovation Awards are supported by Gold Sponsors Comcast Business, Wintrust Financial and SMS Assist; Silver Sponsors Tyson, Vedder Price, SmithBucklin and others.

About ExteNet Systems, Inc.

Lisle, IL-based Extenet Systems, Inc. designs, builds, owns and operates distributed networks for use by wireless carriers and venue owners in key strategic markets. Using distributed antenna systems (DAS), small cells, Wi-Fi and other technologies, ExteNet deploys networks to enhance coverage and capacity and enable superior wireless service in both outdoor and indoor environments. Primary markets addressed by ExteNet include outdoor distributed networks in a variety of densely occupied or heavily traveled settings, and a host of indoor verticals, including sports and entertainment venues, the hospitality industry, commercial buildings, and healthcare facilities. For more information, please visit

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