We are currently considering third-party neutral hosting as well. We
are working with IBM as part of their Enhanced Campus Communications
program. To date they have been quite convincing and I am impressed
with their approach. We are looking to move into Phase 2 of the program
within the next week or so. This will be the make or break point for
Houghton College. It will involve carrier negotiations and in order to
prove successful at least 2 must "come on board."
Research and presentation have been persuasive and I feel optimistic
that this will be successful.
Time will tell,
From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Roger Lawson
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2004 10:56 AM
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Subject: [CIO] Campus Cell Phones: Third-party Neutral Hosting?
As is true at most universities, our students, faculty and staff are
increasingly dependent on cell phones. However, cell coverage is less
than desired. Some building interiors can't get a decent signal, and
some carriers are not even available. We are also concerned that
students, parents, conference attendees, and other visitors are
occasionally unable to use their cell phones.
Some cell carriers are eager to place antennas on our campus, but we are
reluctant to sprinkle the campus with antennas and provide the kind of
off-hours access that the carriers typically require.
We are currently considering implementing "third-party neutral hosting"
for cellular service on campus. This would involve the placement of
outside and inside (very small) cellular antennas to provide complete
and solid cellular coverage throughout campus. [We also have some of
the better locations for antennas serving the local community though
this is not our principle goal.] We would then rent out access to cell
phone antenna system on a cost recovery basis. We understand that would
be possible to recover all our costs, but would like to hear about
successful (or not) experience other colleges and universities have had.
We have long run our own phone company, but have have no experience
providing cell service (nor do we think we should).
What do you think? Is anyone else considering such a system? More
important, has anyone developed and implemented third-party neutral
hosting for cellular service on a cost-recovery (or other) basis?
Roger A. Lawson, Director http://www.uvm.edu/~ral
Computing & Information Technology University of Vermont
email: [log in to unmask] tel: (802) 656-1175 fax: 656-0872
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