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Distributed Antenna System Project Now in Phase 3

Staff Discussing DAS Project Update

Continuing its commitment to providing fast, reliable wireless coverage campus-wide, UFIT has begun work on phase 3 of the expansion to the University of Florida’s Distributed Antenna System (DAS).

A primary component of phase 3 is the construction of a neutral-host Outdoor DAS (ODAS) Head End equipment building by AT&T. This building will serve as a hub and house the various service provider’s ‘Base Transceiver Stations’ that provide network connectivity–important when you consider UF’s increasing reliance on mobile usage for academic as well as administrative computing needs. The ODAS hub will connect to strategically-placed remote nodes in buildings throughout campus. Antenna nodes receive the RF signals from your mobile device, amplify them, convert them to light, and send them to the ODAS hub for connection to your service provider’s network. At the completion of phase 3, UF’s distributed antenna system will be the largest in the U.S.

UFIT Director of Telecommunications John Madey stated, “It truly takes a collaborative effort between IFAS, UFHealth, PPD, PD&C, UAA, AT&T, and UFIT to make a project of this magnitude successful.” Anyone with questions may contact the Telecommunications group for more information on phases 1 and 2 of the DAS project.