Communications Services strives to make technological advances in compliance with industry standards to establish innovative and reliable services to the campus computer network and telecommunication systems.

Current Projects

Completed Projects 2011-2012

Completed Projects 2007-2010

Current Projects

10 Gigabit Internet Connection Upgrade

  • The campus is currently served by two one-Gigabit connections. In the near future these connections will no longer provide sufficient bandwidth for the campus' requirements. This project is to upgrade the first of the links to the Internet to 10 Gigabit. An additional benefit of this project will be to increase the reliability of our Internet connectivity; the new circuits will use diverse long-distance providers, in hopes that a problem in a telecommunications carrier's network does not affect both of our connections.

Arts & Humanities Building

  • This project covers the coordination infrastructure, cabling and electronics needs in support of the new Arts & Humanities building (also known as Taylor II). Communications Services provides specifications and design review, inspection during construction, and coordination for current and future classroom technologies.

Asset Management Project

  • The campus communications infrastructure contains miles of copper and fiber-optic cabling, and tens of thousands of data jacks. This project is to verify the entire communications infrastructure is documented and labeled.

Butte Enterprise Data Center Upgrades

  • The Butte Hall Enterprise Data Center was originally constructed for mainframes when the building was built in 1969. This project is to enable some energy savings through more effective and efficient cooling. This project will:
    • Install "cold aisle containment" to manage airflow more efficiently.
    • Install variable speed motors that use less energy
    • Install new high airflow tiles.

Cold Aisle Containment

Next Generation VPN Service

  • The campus' current VPN solution has reached its end of life. This project is to evaluate, acquire, and implement a replacement solution.

O'Connell Infrastructure Upgrade

  • When most state buildings on campus received updated telecom infrastructures years ago, O'Connell was not fully built out. This project is to replace all the cabling in the building to the campus standard cable plant to enable a modern network capability and speed. 

Parking Structure 2 Project

  • This project covers the coordination of infrastructure, cabling & electronics needs in support of the new PARK2 Building. This building will house the University Police, Environmental Health & Safety offices, and an Emergency Operations Center for the campus. Communications Services provides specifications and design review, inspection during construction, and coordination with service providers (AT&T and Comcast). The moving of the University Police with its dispatch and 911 capabilities into their new building will require a great deal of cross-departmental coordination.

Parking Structure II

Public Safety Project Phase II

  • This project is the second phase of the campus' ongoing Public Safety project. This phase of the project includes several new emergency phones, emergency phone towers, new outdoor safety cameras, and all their required supporting infrastructure.

Blue Light


PBX Upgrade

  • This project is to upgrade hardware and software that have reached the end of their supportable life, add some new directory features, and add some new and unified messaging capabilities.

Smart Classroom Upgrades

  • This project is updating standard mediated classrooms. The following rooms are in progress or planned: Butte 219, 221, 223, 225, 309 and 325, Glenn 306, and Tehama 346.

Whitney Hall Upgrade

  • This project includes the addition of a new main telecom room, an upgrade to building distribution pathways, the addition of security cameras to all floors, and the addition of wireless to several additional floors.

Wireless Authentication Redesign Project

  • This project envisions a major overhaul to our wireless network authentication, to improve the reliability, scalability, security, and performance of this critical system. This project includes a new authentication portal, self-service guest management, and migrating our campus users to a more secure, encrypted wireless connection.

Zayo Networks Project

  • This project is planned to add a fiber connection to ZAYO Networks, a backbone fiber provider with a network covering 42 states. This connection will allow greater diversity for the campus' connection to the rest of the world.

Completed Projects

10 Gigabit Data Center Upgrade

  • This project added ten Gigabit capabilities for servers within the Enterprise Data Center and the Co-location Data Center. These capabilities are typically used to connect servers to large scale storage devices.

BMU Communications Upgrade

  • This project upgraded the switching infrastructure, cabling, and UPS capabilities of the BMU to the campus standard. This enabled Gigabit and PoE connections in the building, and allows for significant monitoring and security upgrades.

Butte Hall Co-location Data Center Project

  • This project created a Colocation Data Center specifically for departments to maintain their own servers in a secure environment. This room is on generator and UPS power, has Data Center class environmental controls, and is secured by card access and intrusion alarm.

Butte Hall Generator Project

  • This project installed and integrated a generator dedicated for the Butte Hall Enterprise and Co location Data Centers. This project also added automatic transfer switches, emergency lighting and dedicated electrical monitoring to both Data Centers.

 CNI Project (Access Layer)

  • This is an on going Chancellor's Office project. The phase completed in Spring 2012 was to upgrade all the "Access Layer" network equipment in state buildings on campus. This upgrade replaced approximately 8,000 network ports. Approximately 5,000 of the new ports are capable of Gigabit speeds and 3,000 are capable of providing Power of Ethernet. A total of 177 switches were installed in 78 locations.

Emergency PA System

  • This project added wireless emergency PA speakers to twelve locations, primarily around the core of the campus. This system once installed is now operated by the University Police.

FMS Trade Shop Remodel

  • This project was to design and install infrastructure, cabling and electronics in support of the new FMS Trades workshop building.

Public Safety Project Phase I

  • This project was the first phase of the campus' ongoing Public Safety project. This phase of the project includes 14 replacement wall mounted emergency phones.

Smart Conference Room Upgrade for Kendall 207/209

  • This project added projectors, motorized screens and computers to the Kendall 207/209 conference rooms. The infrastructure work was completed by a DOC contractor, and the balance of the project was completed by Telecommunications Services and Academic Technologies.

Tehama Hall Infrastructure Upgrade

  • When most state buildings on campus received updated telecom infrastructure years ago, Tehama Hall was not fully built out. This project replaced all the cabling in the building to the campus standard cable plant and enabled modern network capabilities and speeds.

University Housing Emergency Phone Upgrade

  • Communications Services provided design and specifications review, and construction inspection, to support the upgrade and augmentation of Housing's Emergency Phone systems. This project added six new emergency phones and replaced existing phones.

University Housing Network Upgrades

  • This project upgraded all the network electronics in Lassen, Shasta, Esken, Konkow, and Mechoopda to campus standards, along with upgrades to the cable plant, new fiber optics, new wireless service, and new security cameras.