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Unico Properties, Connectivity Wireless team up to bring cell coverage to U.S. Bancorp Tower

Unico Properties LLC, a real estate investment and operating company, recently announced that construction will soon begin at U.S. Bancorp Tower in Portland, Oregon to bring a cellular enhancement system (DAS) to tenants and visitors of the LEED Platinum certified 42-story class-A office tower.

Unico will partner with in-building wireless solutions provider Connectivity Wireless on the project. The partnership will allow the DAS to leverage leading-edge in-building wireless technology and bring stronger cellular connectivity and faster data speeds to mobile-device users throughout the 1.2-million-square-foot building.

“We prioritize meeting and exceeding our tenants’ needs, and a common request we’ve heard from our tenants is the need for better cellular service within the building,” Keren Eichen, Unico Properties Director of Real Estate said in a statement. “Investing in a wireless advancement such as this is just one of the ways we demonstrate our commitment to our tenants. Installing a DAS at Portland’s largest office building provides our building community with enhanced cellular connectivity, it augments our ‘workplace of the future’ and it bolsters our commitment to delivering U.S. Bancorp Tower as a first-class technology destination.”

Unico, Connectivity Wireless put tenants first

U.S. Bancorp Tower tenants and visitors will experience more flexibility in when and where they can perform personal or work-related tasks from their mobile devices. The Unico-Connectivity Wireless partnership will bring ubiquitous voice and data coverage present throughout all common areas, the parking garage, and hard-to-connect areas like stairwells and elevators.

“Unico Properties recognizes the importance and necessity of providing services and amenities that position their customers for success in today’s wireless world,” Connectivity Wireless CEO Paul McGinn said in a statement. “Their initiative in bringing this system to life is reflective of that ideal and true to its culture of maintaining the highest industry standards.”

How the new U.S Bancorp Tower DAS will work

Connectivity Wireless plans to install a neutral-host DAS solution that will use CommScope’s ERA digital platform utilizing high-power remotes. The system will comprise 32,000 feet of coax, 8,550 feet of fiber and 351 antennas to distribute robust coverage throughout the building.

“As today’s workplace is transforming, from flexible working practices to a growing culture of  hot-desking and shared office space, it is critical that a business’s employees, customers and partners all have access to fast and reliable coverage on their mobile devices to stay connected,”  Darla Braun, vice president of business development for DAS and Small Cells at CommScope said. “However, modern buildings with energy-efficient, glass-heavy buildings can block higher frequency spectrum bands relied on for 4G and 5G connectivity.

“CommScope’s all-digital ERA distributed antenna system overcomes challenges in power consumption concerns, ever-decreasing “head-end” deployment space and complexity of deployment by using standard IT deployment principles. Together with Connectivity Wireless, we’re enabling U.S. Bancorp Tower to offer  tenants, visitors and employees the best in-building coverage through the provision of high-quality mobile connectivity.”

Joe Dyton can be reached at joed@fifthgenmedia.com.

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