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Issue #2003 - 02 (January 2003)
(Updated Jan. 16, 2003)


Marriott To Install Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Access in 400 hotels in the U.S., Britain & Germany

Marriott International said on Wednesday that it plans to install wireless high speed Internet access at 400 hotels in the U.S. and internationally.

The service will be available by spring in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the U.S., in some Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, and SpringHill Suites hotels. The company is working with STSN, its preferred high-speed Internet access provider, to provide the service.

The service will be available in hotel lobbies, meeting rooms, and public spaces, complementing current in-room high-speed Internet access. Although some consumer businesses provide free wireless Internet access on premises, Marriott's services will require a fee. The service will use the 802.11b and 802.11a standards. 

Marriott tested the services seven months in properties in the San Francisco; Irvine, Calif.; and Salt Lake City area. The wireless service will be available by June 2003, and will be installed in hotel lobbies, meeting rooms, and public spaces, to complement existing high-speed Internet access available at guest rooms. Salt Lake City, Utah-based STSN will serve as the wireless Internet provider. The two companies have conducted a seven-month test of the technology in hotels in San Francisco and Salt Lake City. STSN is one of the leading providers of broadband services to hotels; it has partnerships with AT&T, Intel, Electronics for Imaging, Equant, On Command, Siemens, and MagiNet. STSN's service is compatible with both 802.11a and 802.11b; it can be accessed through computers with the latest Microsoft or Apple operating systems, or which are equipped with antennas and sniffer software. The service's pricing structure has not been disclosed, but Marriott's current in-room wireline Internet access service costs $9.95 per night.

STSN is the benficairy of an undisclosed investment from the Intel Communications Fund -- a $150 million fund Intel set up to invest in Wi-Fi start-ups. 

Source: Internetweek

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MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: More and more hotel chains are offering high-speed Internet services. We feel that this offering is so useful and so in-expensive for hotels to offer, no 4-star or 5-star hotel should be without it. 

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