ExteNet Systems Boosts Carrier’s Cellular Coverage on High-Profile Las Vegas Strip
LISLE, Illinois—October 13, 2008—ExteNet Systems, Inc., has launched a distributed antenna system (DAS) network in Las Vegas. The network blankets approximately 15 square miles, giving the area greatly increased cellular coverage and capacity. ExteNet Systems designs, builds and operates DAS networks for wireless service providers.
ExteNet Systems was brought in by Richardson, Texas-based MetroPCS to design a network that would handle significant capacity requirements while blending into the unique architecture of the Las Vegas Strip. The leader in unlimited wireless calling plans, MetroPCS relied on ExteNet Systems to enter the market quickly, as the new DAS network was crucial to its Las Vegas launch. The complex network build included laying miles of new underground fiber and replacing old, weathered poles with new, metal streetlamps designed to meet specific structural conditions.
“The Las Vegas Strip has some very challenging capacity and coverage requirements due to the fluctuation in the number of Convention Center visitors, 24/7 activity, its location at the bottom of a valley and the area’s full-time population,” said Tormod Larsen, ExteNet Systems vice president and chief technology officer. “We worked in close partnership with the MetroPCS engineering team to address the company’s specific capacity needs by strategically placing the nodes in proximity to the subscriber base.”