UWSP DAS (Distributed Antenna System)
Dependence on cell phones has steadily increased in recent years. The growth and capabilities of cell phones has put tremendous load on cell provider towers around the city. Buildings being built in recent years which are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified with Low-E Glass materials have also degraded cell phone signals inside of buildings. Even with high power towers, cell signals are not able to pass through many building materials used to build our campus buildings. This is where a DAS comes into play. Small antennas have been strategically placed in buildings around campus to increase cell phone reception and attempt to overcome these barriers imposed by buildings themselves. These areas were identified by extensive site walkthroughs by wireless carriers in our area. These small antennas connect to a central device in each building called remotes which are connected to a "head end" location via a newly installed fiber optic backbone. Cell carriers distribute cell signal from this "head end" location. Our DAS system is classified as a "neutral host DAS", meaning any cell phone provider can join the DAS and provide signal over the already installed building antennas. We are currently negotiating with multiple carriers to join the DAS. Current Carriers: Verizon Wireless (Live), AT&T Wireless (TBD), US Cellular (TBD).
Buildings with DAS installed: 601 Division, Baldwin Hall, Steiner Hall, Neale Hall, Hansen Hall, DeBot Center, Knutzen Hall, Burroughs Hall, 201 Suites, Smith Hall, Pray-Sims Hall, May Roach Hall, Allen Center, Albertson Hall, Trainer Natural Resources Building, Collins Classroom Center, College of Professional Studies, Science Building, Dreyfus University Center, Nelson Hall, Communications Arts Center, Old Main, Student Services Building, Delzell Hall and Hyer Hall.
Buildings coming in Summer/Fall of 2015: Noel Fine Arts Center, Watson Hall, Thomson Hall, Maintenance and Materiel Building, George Stien Building and Health Enhancement Center.
What to expect. If your provider has joined the DAS you should expect excellent coverage in any building where DAS is installed. Data speeds should also greatly increase.
Questions or comments about the DAS, or providers looking to join the DAS, should contact the Telephone Support Office at 715-346-2562, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.