4 mobile cell phone antenna units temporarily on campus

by Don Wycliff

Four mobile cellular phone antenna units have been stationed on the University of Notre Dame campus to boost cell phone service while the Cingular and Verizon wireless companies finish work on permanent antennas.

The mobile units, each about the size of a small trailer, are expected to remain in place until possibly as late as October. They will be removed after Cingular and Verizon complete installation of 16 smaller and permanent transmitter/receivers.

Three of the temporary units belong to Cingular. They are located near McKenna Hall,StepanCenterand the South Dining Hall. Verizons mobile unit is at the Eck VisitorsCenter.

We specifically selected these locations to provide the best possible reception for students in the residence halls,said Gordon Wishon, associate provost, associate vice president and chief information officer.Coverage will be even better when these temporary units are replaced with the permanent distributed antenna system, which should be in place by October.

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