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How Does Chicago's Hines Tower Ensure In-Building Wireless Coverage?
MINNEAPOLIS -- ADC's InterReach Fusion in-building distributed antenna system (DAS) has been deployed to deliver wireless coverage and capacity inside 300 North LaSalle, one of Chicago's premier office properties.

The property is owned and managed by Hines, one of the world's largest real estate organizations.

300 North LaSalle is a 1.3 million square-foot, 57-story office tower situated along the Chicago River. During the building's construction, Hines management planned to provide an in-building cellular backbone to which tenants could access for mobile service if they chose.

The company's lease agreement with an international law firm specified that such a system be available, and that all common areas of the building have reliable mobile voice and data service.

"We chose ADC's InterReach Fusion system because the company has a very strong reputation for providing systems in large commercial buildings like ours," said Aaron Bowman, construction manager at Hines. "The Fusion system has very high performance with built-in multi-operator coverage support, and it can easily scale to deliver service to new tenants as we continue to lease space in the building over time."

The initial deployment at 300 North LaSalle provided coverage for the building's common areas, including a 3-level underground garage, the lobby, a fitness center, and a conference center, and the aforementioned law firm's offices on 28 floors.

ADC deployed 11 InterReach Fusion Main Hubs in the building's network operations center, added fiber cabling up the building's utility riser, installed 34 Fusion Expansion Hubs in wiring closets on various floors, and deployed 219 remote antenna units (RAUs) to cover the required areas. The fiber and thin CATV infrastructure is well suited for this new property and minimizes cost as it's easy to pull and connect.
As new tenants opt for their own coverage in the future, they can access the DAS by simply adding Expansion Hubs and RAUs in their own spaces for a modest, incremental cost. Distributing the RAUs as close to the tenants as possible is essential to deliver data speeds required for highly reliable 3G and 4G services. 

Since the building opened, additional tenants such as a major consulting firm, a private equity firm, and another law firm have also opted for mobile service in their offices.

Currently T-Mobile and AT&T service is available through the system, with Verizon soon to deploy a base station as well.

"High performance, multi-carrier capabilities, and easy scalability are all key features that set our Fusion systems apart from others, and we have cost-effectively covered facilities ranging up to many millions of square feet in size," said John Spindler, vice president of product management for ADC. "We are proud that one of the world's leading commercial property development and management companies has selected us for this prestigious building in Chicago."

About Hines
Hines is a privately owned, international real estate firm that has provided the highest level of quality, service and value to its clients and investors for more than 50 years.

With a presence in more than 100 cities around the globe and investor relationships with many of the world's largest financial institutions, Hines has the breadth of experience, the network of expertise and the financial strength to assume complex and challenging investment, development and management projects. The company has offices in 17 countries, with regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston (U.S. headquarters), London (European headquarters), New York and San Francisco, as well as 63 other U.S. cities. The Hines portfolio of projects underway, completed, acquired and managed for third parties consists of more than 1,100 properties including skyscrapers, corporate headquarters, mixed-use centers, industrial parks, medical facilities, and master-planned resort and residential communities. Currently, the firm controls assets valued at approximately $25.8 billion.

Since its inception in 1957, Hines has created projects of the highest quality, aesthetic relevance and enduring value for its investor partners, clients and local communities. Working with such notable architects as Cesar Pelli, Frank Gehry, I.M. Pei and Philip Johnson, Hines has redefined the way developers interact with and treat architecture, promoting a balance between function, beauty and sustainability and reshaping skylines around the world.

About ADC Network Solutions
ADC's Network Solutions Business Unit offers products that deliver high-performance wireless coverage and capacity to business and consumer subscribers in any indoor or outdoor location. ADC is the global leader in advanced in-building wireless solutions and compact network systems, and is a leader in solutions that enhance coverage in macro networks.

About ADC
ADC provides the connections for wireline, wireless, cable, broadcast, and enterprise networks around the world. ADC's innovative network infrastructure equipment and professional services enable high-speed Internet, data, video, and voice services to residential, business and mobile subscribers. ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) has sales into more than 130 countries. Learn more about ADC at

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