Cell phone infrastructure upgrade
NETS has replaced/enhanced the existing in-building cell system that supported only Sprint/Nextel cell phones. The FCC changes to the Nextel cell band frequencies forced us to make this change.
Along with the FCC frequency changes, Nextel has been decreasing its market share to the point where Nextel's future is uncertain. In light of these current events, NETS decided to move forward and support larger cellular carriers. Initially only Verizon and AT&T carrier phones will be supported at this this time. NETS hopes to add support for T-mobile and others in the future.
The system is now in place and operational.
This work addresses NCAR's strategic priority of "Developing and providing advanced services and tools" and is supported through UCAR Communications Pool indirect funds.
This image shows the design of the new cellular network infrastructure as it is installed. The cellular network infrastructure provides AT&T and Verizon cellular support in areas of the UCAR campus, especially the Mesa Lab, where public cellular service does not reach. This service has enhanced the business continuity and emergency capabilities of UCAR as well as providing a service that enhances communication for those UCAR employees who support networking, computing, and safety services.