Cellular usage by students, faculty and staff has been increasing over the last several years. To support 'the best student experience" and the increasing numbers of faculty and staff using celular devices as productivity tools, Western conducted an extensive RFP process and selected Bell as Western's preferred cellular provider for a 5 year contract effective August 1, 2012 and ending on July 31, 2017. Western has an option to extend the contract twice for successive one year extensions.
As part of their agreement with Western, Bell is making a significant investment at Western over three years to improve cellular capacity and coverage on campus by leading a project to design and build the systems using a solution that will work with other major Canadian Operators (Rogers, TELUS). Initial focus will be on student centric areas on campus.
Phase I was completed in September 2012. In-building systems were installed in University Community Centre and Western Student Services Building. A macro site installed on Weldon Library has increased capacity and coverage to the Concrete Beach and surrounding areas and buildings. Rogers declined to participate in this phase.
Phase II is underway with completion scheduled for Fall 2013. An in-building system will be installed in Spencer Engineering Building. A macro site will be installed on Essex Hall to increase capacity and coverage to the Richard Ivey Business School and the south end of campus including the Recreation centre, Stadium, Perth Hall and Ontario Hall. Once these installations are completed (goal is September 2013), capacity and coverage will be improved in the Support Services Building. Rogers is now participating in this project.
While Bell is our preferred supplier, in some instances, another supplier may offer service levels that may better meet your individual needs. We believe the pricing and the packages that have been negotiated with Bell are very attratice and most Western employees will want to take advantage of these negotiated offerings versus regular retail deals with other providers.
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