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Saguaro Cactus Project

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If you’re desert bound on the 10 Freeway, take a look out the window and ask yourself, “Is that cactus really a cactus?”

Chances are it is, but if you are in one of the 5 desert cities where PWC, Inc. is building-out Crown Castle’s DAS Network, the next cactus you see could be a cleverly camouflaged antenna structure.

A Distributed Antenna System or DAS is a relatively new way to deploy wireless networks by means of a shared infrastructure - sparing customers the expense of building their own network system or managing additional infrastructure. DAS solutions compliment traditional network macro sites by filling in coverage gaps to create a high capacity of seamless call and data coverage throughout a network in the most stealth way possible. Pinpoint wireless coverage is achieved by linking a central hub to a system of strategically placed antenna locations, also known as nodes, via fiber.

PWC, Inc. is currently constructing the DAS infrastructure for Crown Castle in the cities of La Quinta, Rancho Mirage, Indio, Cathedral City and Palm Desert. Collectively, PWC Inc. has deployed 55 nodes, placed 90,000 feet of aerial fiber and constructed 125,000 feet of underground infrastructure and fiber distribution throughout the Crown Castle network – that equates to a whopping 41 miles of new fiber.

In order to execute this project, PWC, Inc. utilizes in-house resources such as civil, directional drilling, new electrical services, lines and antenna, radio frequency power (RF) and central hub construction. 

Work is underway; the Saguaro Cactus (pictured) in Cathedral City is first in the California market for Crown Castle.

Check-back for updates on the progress of this important project over the coming months. 

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Women Business Enterprise (WBE) pursuant the California Public Utilities Commission