Technology

Extended Stay Hotels Meets Guest Demand for High-speed Internet Access by Connecting with Airband’s Fixed-Wireless Network

Hospitality company values Airband’s rapid provisioning, flexibility and cost advantages

airband  The Extended Stay Hotels chain is meeting guest demand for high-speed Internet access by deploying Airband Communications’ fixed-wireless data connections at many of its 685 properties.  The chain uses Airband services that deliver six times more bandwidth than a wired T1 and can be installed in less than 30 days for about the same cost of a couple of T1s.
 
The hotel chain’s technology leaders realized that the increasing demand for Internet access from guests’ Wi-Fi enabled devices would eventually overwhelm existing bandwidth, so they began searching for a cost-effective, high-speed data solution.  Extended Stay Hotels chose Airband’s fixed-wireless network because expanding bandwidth by adding more T1s to each property would be too costly and take too long.
 
“We met with operations, and everyone agreed that high-speed Internet access is one of the top three amenities that guests require.  As we looked at our T1 utilization, we knew we needed to do something quickly to support the needs of our guests,” said Ira Greenfield, VP of technology at Extended Stay Hotels.  “We started in Texas with Airband and rolled out nationally from there.  We couldn’t find another scalable data solution that could meet our cost and operational requirements. The fact that Airband can get their solution up and running much quicker than other providers was a big factor in our decision to go with them.”
 
Another value of Airband’s fixed-wireless network is that it easily serves properties that are outside the metro fiber ring.
 
“Airband is an especially great solution for our hotels that are not near populated business areas with existing fiber or broadband networks,” Greenfield said.  “Airband brings up their service quickly and affordably in situations where other providers’ costs would be prohibitive or their service is nonexistent.”
 
While Airband typically delivers either 9 MB or 15 MB to each Extended Stay Hotels property, the company can provide services up to GigE speeds.  The scalability of Airband’s service can benefit hotels in that bandwidth can be easily increased temporarily to accommodate large meetings, conventions, and events that requires high data usage.
 
“Airband is proud of our growing relationship with Extended Stay Hotels.  It’s rewarding to help deliver services and amenities that create tangible value for their guests,” said Jim DaBramo, executive vice president of field operations at Airband.  “It’s clear that Extended Stay Hotels is committed to being on the leading edge of technology as part of delivering a superior guest experience that redefines what travelers should expect from a value-oriented hotel.”
 
 
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About Extended Stay Inc.
Based in Spartanburg, S.C., Extended Stay Hotels has 685 locations in the U.S. and Canada. It is the largest company-owned and operated chain of extended stay hotels in North America and employs approximately 9,000 in its headquarters and hotel properties. For more information on Extended Stay, please visit http://www.extendedstayhotels.com.
 
 
About Airband
Airband Communications, Inc. is the largest fixed-wireless voice and data provider for businesses in the U.S.  The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of high-speed Internet access, point-to-point data services, Voice over IP, security and other managed solutions – delivered over one of the industry’s most scalable last-mile networks.  Airband bypasses the local phone and cable companies to provide faster provisioning intervals, immediate scalability and complete redundancy for its customers.  Thousands of businesses nationwide already count on Airband for their broadband service.  For more information, please visit www.airband.com.
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