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ExteNet Systems to Improve Wireless Coverage at University of Michigan

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LISLE, Ill. — ExteNet Systems Inc. has been selected to design, build and operate an open distributed wireless network at the University of Michigan for use by multiple carriers, the company announced Tuesday. The scope of the project at UM covers both outdoor and indoor space at all three campuses — Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint.

The distributed antenna system 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.

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, CIO and associate vice president of information and technology services at UM. “Our overall IT strategy includes reducing traditional telecommunications infrastructure costs and enhancing cellular coverage for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus.”

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 UM 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 CEO. “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.”

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