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Hotel trade body offers members 100GbE networking capability

Hospitality sector trade association Hospa partners with network provider Exponential-e to enhance connectivity for its members

Cloud networking supplier Exponential-e is to offer members of hotel sector trade association Hospa access to its uncontended 100Gb Ethernet (GbE) network after signing a sponsorship deal with the organisation.

The partnership is designed to help hotels around the UK put the appropriate infrastructure in place to contend with ever-increasing guest demands on their networks.

A decent Wi-Fi connection is now one of the most important facilities for hotel guests and it as much of a differentiator as a clean bed or the location,” said Exponential-e CEO Lee Wade.

The firm’s private 100GbE network is already being used at more than 200 hotels, serving approximately 40,000 rooms, around the country.

Andrew Thombs, group IT and systems development manager at Atlas Hotels, which operates the UK franchises of Holiday Inn Express and Hampton by Hilton, said the supplier had provided his business with greater flexibility than other network options available to the sector.

“Our hotels can now ensure the best possible quality of connection for visitors through the separation of guest and corporate traffic, and we can also quickly scale our resources up or down as required for specific guest requirements,” he said.

“We have peace of mind knowing Exponential-e’s network is both PCI and ISO27001 tested and secure, which supports our reputation for excellence in our field as the UK's biggest franchisee of the Holiday Inn Express brand.

“We now use Exponential-e for the majority of our 46 sites, and the company’s service and support has been integral to helping our significant expansion over the past year,” Thombs added.

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Exponential-e bills its network as ideal for businesses looking to offer guests secure, enterprise-grade internet with built-in cloud and voice services.

Unlike many cloud and connectivity providers, its cloud services do not cross the public internet but instead reside inside a customer’s local area network (LAN) behind a firewall, backed by a resilient, high-performance 100GbE Layer 2 virtual private LAN service (VPLS) network.

Its service is delivered via a single piece of fibre which means users are able to switch services on and off, and scale them as needed, easily and quickly.

Hospa, which has more than 1,000 members, fosters debate around best practice for technical accounting issues, taxation, hotel valuation, hotel systems and revenue management in the UK.

Chief executive Carl Weldon said Exponential-e would add to the breadth of options and technical services Hospa was able to offer to its members through its systems showcase.

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