Guests at Sebel Suites Hotel on Auckland’s Viaduct Basin can now gain secure access to their office networks anywhere in the world.
Last week the hotel began offering its iPass global broadband roaming service, promising travellers secure and high-speed remote access to corporate networks and a single billing platform.
The move is the result of an alliance between global roaming provider iPass, networking company Cisco and Australia-based internet service provider inter-touch. Sebel Suites is a client of inter-touch, which specialises in the hotel industry. Inter-touch uses Cisco products to deliver broadband internet access to 80 hotels around the world including the Hyatt, Millennium, Ritz Carlton, Copthorne and Ancor chains in New Zealand and Australia.
Sebel Suites rooms division manager Paul Walker says the internal bandwidth is 100Mb and the outside connection to the internet is 512Kbit/s.
Hotels, conference centres, airports and shopping malls are being targeted by Cisco and partners as ideal users of the Cisco internet mobile office (CIMO), its part in the service. In particular Cisco is touting its LRE (long reach ethernet) technology, which allows hotels to run ethernet networking over any kind of wire – including flat telephone wire, coaxial cable or power lines. This will spare older hotels the expense of having to install data quality cable.
Meanwhile, wireless networking company Walker Wireless is also using Cisco technology to set up a broadband internet service at airports, service stations, cafes and hotels.
Cisco cites Gartner Group research suggesting that professionals lose 30% of their productivity when they start travelling.