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Distributed Antenna System (DAS)

About the DAS

SMU’s reliance on cellphone service is continually increasing as a primary form of communication. The growth of text messaging, video, and other multimedia applications are placing enormous strain on the cellphone providers’ network from a capacity point of view. Coverage on campus is impacted as a result of the number of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings with Low-E Glass materials. Even when high‑powered cell towers are able to pass through the reflective coating in the glass as well as the concrete in SMU’s structures, cellphones’ return signals lack the strength to consistently make it through those barriers. This is where a Distributed Antenna System (DAS)is extremely effective as antennas are strategically placed throughout the interior of a structure. This new coverage bypasses the barrier of concrete walls and Low-E Glass with a connection to a powerful exterior antenna that amplifies the signal.

Phase 1:

This phase included the installation of the antenna within the new Residential Commons buildings, the installation of the DAS equipment in the Data Center and the negotiation with the four main carriers to utilize the new system.  This phase is complete and all four vendors (AT&T, Sprint, TMobile and Verizon) are live.

Phase 2:

This phase equipment installation is complete in Shuttles, Mary Hay, Peyton, Virginia Snyder, Boaz, Morrison McGinnis, McElvaney, Cockrell McIntosh, Hawk and Martin.  Verizon and T-Mobile are live on all phase 2 buildings.  Additional equipment to support the phase two buildings may be required to support the load on the system.  This will not be known until fall semester begins and the students put a full load on the system.  Sprint and ATT will connect to the system at a date to be determined by the carriers.

Phase 3: (tentative list)

Installation has begun on Hughes Trigg Student Center. This phase also includes the installation of equipment in Perkins Administration, Umphrey Lee, Dedman Recreation Center, Central University Libraries.

Additional details and schedules will be posted as the project progresses.