Wayport has released connection numbers and venue counts for 2006, demonstrating continued growth over the year to support a newly announced vertical market strategy that encompasses retail, healthcare, hospitality, managed services and others. To date, more than 30 million paid customer connections have been made on Wayport’s network, with 14 million paid connections in 2006 alone.
Wayport has experienced growth through ongoing deployments at premier retail and hotel brands, a second European acquisition, expanded roaming agreements and the integration of customized applications in the hospitality, healthcare and retail markets.
Wayport serves more than 13,000 locations worldwide. In 2006, Wayport added more than 2,000 locations, including deployments at McDonald’s, Hertz and hotel properties like the Doubletree Tysons Corner, Hilton Springfield and Hilton Atlanta Northeast and four PAHIO Gold Crown Resorts.
In April, 2006, Wayport acquired NetPower Wireless Solutions AS, one of the leading Scandinavian providers of high-speed Internet access for the hospitality industry, strengthening the efforts of Wayport’s EMEA team, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Late in the year, Wayport announced the expansion of its existing roaming agreement with iPass, giving iPass immediate access to more than 8,000 of McDonald’s 13,700 restaurants in the United States. iPass subscribers can now use their iPassConnect client software to connect at Wayport hotels, airports and McDonald’s.
In June, Wayport completed the installation of the Vocera Communications?’ System at The Mansion on Turtle Creek, a Rosewood Hotel. This voice over Wi-Fi application instantly connects hotel staff to various on-property resources, allowing access to real-time information for quick and efficient service. Wayport also signed an agreement with Catalis, Inc. to integrate Catalis’ graphical health record solution over Wayport’s carrier grade Wi-Fi network. The Catalis Accelerator is a highly intuitive application that operates on a wireless tablet PC, enabling doctors to collect and submit patient history, prescription information and other critical records accurately and in real time. Clinics utilizing digital records management over Wayport’s network can also offer Wayport’s Wi- Fi Internet access to physicians and patients.
Wayport’s success with applications and software development and integration has helped premier brands attract and retain loyal customers by creating new business capabilities and improving operational efficiencies. After celebrating its 10th anniversary in June, Wayport later introduced a new corporate logo and brand messaging that better reflects the company’s strategic approach to vertical industries and its enduring position in the market. Wayport’s vertical business segments within the company operate under the leadership of a general manager overseeing dedicated sales and world class support teams focused on the unique needs of industry specific customers.
2006 brought worldwide awards and recognition to Wayport; in June, Wayport and McDonald’s USA received the 2006 Best Wireless Deployment (Commercial Sector) Award from Wireless Broadband Innovation Awards, Ltd. in London. The collaboration between McDonald’s and Wayport to implement public Wi-Fi and other applications in U.S. restaurants took top honors for excellence, convenience and innovation. Also in June, Wayport was honored by AT&T as one of its top 50 suppliers recognized for outstanding performance and service.
In closing out the year, Wayport was pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its board of directors: Doug McCormick former chairman and CEO of iVillage, Inc. and former president and CEO of Lifetime Television and Larry Katzen, former regional managing partner at Arthur Andersen and current board of directors member of Kellwood Company.
To further support its growth and vertical market strategy, Wayport added Bob Pojman, vice president of operations; Richard Barnes, general manager of retail; and Rob Contois, vice president of human resources. In addition, Wayport named Kevin McKeand, former vice president of operations, as the general manager of healthcare.
“We have been working diligently this year to expand Wayport’s leadership and business strategy, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to collaborating with our customers and partners to offer valuable services to a broad range of verticals in the marketplace,” said Dave Vucina, CEO of Wayport. “Our applications support improves operational efficiencies for the venues we serve and offers new business capabilities that will build customer loyalty and satisfaction.”