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Axell & Friends Snag World Trade DAS Deal

Dan Jones
3/25/2014
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Axell Wireless has provided radios to install a wireless safety network at the One World Trade Center tower and in other parts of the complex, marking one of the larger public safety network projects in the US.

The system, which supports the multiple radio frequencies needed for fire, police, and other first responders, is in the "Freedom Tower" and several other WTC buildings. The distributed antenna system [DAS] infrastructure will also cover the transport hub, pavilion, shopping malls, and transportation center for the complex, museum, and memorial.

The One World Trade Center installation was handled by a joint venture between tech-mer and North American Mobile Systems, named Techmer-nams LLC. Axell provided the radio headend equipment. Pinnacle is responsible for the installation of the Axell equipment across the rest of the World Trade Center complex, including the transport hub, memorial, museum, pavilion, VSC roadway, and shopping area, Axell tells Light Reading.

"It's nice to be able point to the tallest building in the USA and say our stuff is in there," says Matt Thompson, vice president of sales, Americas, at Axell.

One World Trade Center

Axell is used to these kind of major deployments in buildings and other large structures. Thompson says that the firm has also installed a DAS in the tallest building in the world -- the Burj Khalifa in Dubai -- and the Channel Tunnel connecting London and Paris. The company was acquired last year by Cobham for £85 million ($140 million) last year. (See Cobham Buys Axell Wireless.)

Axell's Optical Master Unit
This is some of the hardware that gets racked up in the WTC.
This is some of the hardware that gets racked up in the WTC.

Communications contracts for the new World Trade Center now appear to be getting resolved. For instance, Boingo Wireless Inc. appears close to securing a commercial DAS and WiFi system in parts of the center. (See Boingo Set for World Trade Center Wireless Network Deal.)

The Port Authority, which runs the complex, has not responded to questions about DAS or WiFi yet.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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rathfriland
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rathfriland,
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4/2/2014 | 11:04:48 PM
Re: DAS the way!
Nothing. Network is funded in large part by carriers who cut deals with NYTP.
DanJones
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DanJones,
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3/25/2014 | 5:38:36 PM
Re: Foot in the door
Wasn't it reported that the security cameras weren't on? Seems crazy to me in the WTC...
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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3/25/2014 | 5:35:12 PM
Re: Congratulations Are In Order :-)
This will certainly be a feather in their cap. I wonder if this will also be a significant boost for their bottom line. 
MikeP688
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MikeP688,
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3/25/2014 | 5:15:29 PM
Congratulations Are In Order :-)
It is nice to see such technology gainign as much traction as it is.  The challenge is to keep up with the ever increasingly change in additional data throughout required.  I hope we can have a "case study" of it when fully deployed.    It will be also interesting to see how they've actually fared in Burj Dubai.
RitchBlasi
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RitchBlasi,
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3/25/2014 | 3:08:53 PM
Re: Foot in the door
Good one.
mendyk
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mendyk,
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3/25/2014 | 2:49:47 PM
Re: Foot in the door
"The Port Authority ... has not responded to questions about DAS or WiFi yet."

Maybe that's because they're too busy trying to figure out how to keep intruders from scaling the still-unfinished building.
DanJones
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DanJones,
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3/25/2014 | 2:43:58 PM
Re: Foot in the door
For sure, same kind of reasons, Boingo did their deal with the Port Authority.
RitchBlasi
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RitchBlasi,
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3/25/2014 | 2:39:31 PM
Foot in the door
Agree with that but think of the publicity value and putting it into an RFP for the next client.
DanJones
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DanJones,
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3/25/2014 | 2:22:55 PM
Re: DAS the way!
Got to wonder how much the Port Authority is paying -- if anything -- though.
RitchBlasi
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RitchBlasi,
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3/25/2014 | 2:12:11 PM
DAS the way!
It's really nice to see some real in-building business given outside the top carriers.  While these and other companies sometimes do the work for the big boys, recognition for the background providers is great.  I guess the tier one carriers are too busy trying to deploy their small cells and let this fall through the cracks.  :-)  I wish one of my clients had a customer like the Freedom Tower!
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