Home is Where the Wi-Fi Is
Any hospitality professional in the country will tell you the most important part of their job is to make their guests’ experience enjoyable and frictionless. And as any good hostess knows – it’s all about the details. However, a surprising 80 percent of countries in the world have better hotel Wi-Fi connectivity than hotels in the U.S! While Sweden and Hungary are at the top of the list offering superior quality Wi-Fi at over 85 percent of their hotels, the U.S. ranks 40th.
Though 85 percent of U.S. hotels do offer free Wi-Fi service to guests, hotelwifitest gave these complimentary Internet connections a quality score of only 35.9 percent. These findings prove that America’s hospitality industry, as a whole, does not have the bandwidth to provide the connectivity their business travelers and vacation-goers need.
Low quality Wi-Fi (or none at all!) not only affects individual travelers, but negatively impacts large conferences and meetings that are hosted at these venues. Many conference organizers propose bids and sign pricey contracts expecting effortless Internet connectivity, not just for one device, but up to three Internet-connected devices per guest. And this number will only rise – it’s estimated that by 2017 Americans will have five IoT devices on them at any one time. Without proper planning and preparation, venues can find themselves in a real bind for adequate bandwidth and high-speed connectivity.
Due to our easily scalable Ethernet service, lightening fast installation and reliable backup services we’ve been able to save many venues, like Hyatt Regency, Atlanta Marriott Marquis and Smart City Networks from network disasters. And along the way, we’ve noticed several tech mistakes that seem to be a common thread. Here are just a few…
- Running high-speed networks through old Wi-Fi Infrastructure
- Regardless of the newly installed circuit’s capabilities, the conference will only have what the Wi-Fi device can support.
- Not allowing enough time for installation
- On average, it can take up to 90 days to build out a fiber-optic network.
- Not thinking long-term
- Many companies will lose revenue by continuing to buy short-term agreements rather than signing a year-long contract.
At One Ring Networks we have the unique ability to deliver these hospitality venues the high-bandwidth and quick installation they need. Our custom solutions and dedicated services allow these venues to take on large transient broadband projects, provide temporary Internet and deliver high bandwidth to large-scale events. From large conferences to small meetings, One Ring is able to meet the unique needs of any project and event by delivering flexible contracts, powerful connectivity and fast installation.
Want to make sure your venue is prepared for its next big event? Contact us today!