We're preparing to engage Trammell Crow, Inc., to work through
the same issue. They worked with USC to develop a cell system
and contract with carriers, and our new Assoc VP for Finance had
been at USC and had worked with them there. In our interviews
with them here at the University of San Diego, they
seemed particularly knowledgeable about university politics,
sensitive to campus aesthics, and savy about city permitting
processes. Rather than try to develop the expertise to manage
the process ourselves, we're likely to contract with them (contracts
may already be signed ... haven't checked this week).
When we're finished, we'll have cell sites for major carriers
and a revenue stream.
This isn't an endorsement of TCC -- there are other companies
that do the same business, and we haven't completed a project
with them yet. But you might want to consider this approach
if you're thinking about setting up cell sites.
Roger Lawson wrote:
> 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
> What do you think? Is anyone else considering such a system? More
> 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
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