Published March 4, 2013
By Diana Tuorto, firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoying better Verizon Wireless cell service on North Campus? A
Distributed Antenna System (DAS) was recently installed by Verizon
Wireless at UB, increasing service by 2 to 5 bars in many
This multi-phase project has been a long time coming. Initial
discussions about the DAS began in 2004, but it didn’t seem a
necessity until the iPhone’s launch in 2007. “Suddenly,
demand for bandwidth increased, and Verizon Wireless saw an
opportunity to increase service coverage on the UB North
Campus,” said Tony Casciano, UB Network Engineer. Tony
continues to work closely with Julia Macmurray, Project Manager,
and Matt Marino, Telecommunications Engineer, on the DAS
With UB the size of a small city, it was a challenge determining
where to begin. Signal testing by Verizon Wireless and feedback
from student IT surveys pointed to Ellicott Complex and Governors
Hall having very weak connectivity, so they were early targets.
“We launched the first phase of the DAS system in September
2012,” Tony said. “Just a month later, the Student IT
Experience Survey was conducted and we’ve already seen a
significant decrease in the number of complaints about these
Knox Hall and the Student Union, two areas described as lacking
signal strength in the IT survey, are next for the DAS focus.
“We hope to complete installation by this summer,” Tony
added. Additional phases are still being planned based on further
signal testing by Verizon Wireless and UBIT survey results.
Verizon Wireless designed, installed, and funded the cost of the
DAS system, which is neutral and open to other providers on a lease
basis. So far, only AT&T has expressed interest in adding their
equipment to the DAS, but hasn’t moved forward yet.
“Verizon Wireless sees the future in mobile technology,
especially in higher education, and have decided to invest in UB to
improve their customers’ experience,” Tony added.
Verizon Wireless customers who experience signal issues in
Ellicott Complex or Governors Hall should continue to work with
Verizon Wireless customer service directly. If the DAS experiences
an outage, alerts will be available under the UBIT Services