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File #: 19-2025   
Type: Miscellaneous Item
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 3/7/2019
Posting Language: Ordinance approving a license agreement with San Antonio MTA, L.P. d/b/a Verizon Wireless for the design, installation, operation and maintenance of a Distributed Antenna System at the San Antonio International Airport. [Carlos Contreras, Assistant City Manager; Russell Handy, Director, Aviation]
Indexes: Aviation Concessions, Aviation IT
Attachments: 1. Signed Agreement, 2. Contracts Disclosure Form, 3. Draft Ordinance, 4. Ordinance 2019-03-07-0184
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DEPARTMENT: Aviation


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Russell J. Handy


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: Citywide


SUBJECT:

License Agreement for a Neutral-Host Distributed Antenna System at the San Antonio International Airport


SUMMARY:

This ordinance authorizes a license agreement with San Antonio MTA, L.P. d/b/a Verizon Wireless ("Verizon Wireless") for the design, installation, operation and maintenance of a neutral-host Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at the San Antonio International Airport to provide an extended and improved wireless communications for existing and future technologies. A DAS will provide the general public with improved wireless communication connectivity inside and outside the facility. In addition, the neutral-host DAS will include a public safety system with a separate electric power source specified by the City and a separate antenna system that incorporates certain radio frequencies.

The initial term of the agreement is 10 years with two five-year renewal periods. Verizon will pay an annual license fee at the rate of $45,000.00 per year, per carrier participating in the DAS. On the sixth year, the annual license fee will increase two percent each year thereafter. The revenue generated from the license agreement will be deposited into the Airport Operating and Maintenance Fund.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Passengers heavily rely on their wireless phones and it is critical to the overall experience to San Antonio and the airport that they enjoy reliable and seamless voice and data coverage inside and outside the Airport complex. As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance customer service, the San Antonio Airport System released a Request For Proposals solicitation for qualified and experienced companies to provide a neutrally-hosted DAS to improve voice, data and public safety signals inside and outside the San Antonio International Airport complex.

In addition to having generally reliable and seamless voice and data coverage, it is also neces...

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