Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Cisco Systems have entered into an agreement to outfit 100% of Fairmont properties with secure, reliable, high-speed Internet access provided on an end-to-end Cisco network infrastructure.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has completed its deployment of the Cisco network infrastructure to all 37 of the company`s luxury and first-class properties, which are located in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Bermuda and Barbados. As a result, every Fairmont hotel offers broadband services, wired and wireless, in all meeting rooms and public areas and the company plans to have 100% of its guest rooms running by early 2002, up from the 30 percent connected to date.
“We now have more bandwidth per guestroom across our entire portfolio than any other hotel company in North America. In fact, many of our heritage hotels now offer some of the most advanced technology available in the hospitality industry,” said Tim Aubrey, vice president of technology for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. “Increasingly in today`s business environment, mobile professionals require secure, reliable, broadband access to Internet services. In response to this demand it seemed fitting to deliver best of breed services through a Cisco network solution.”
The two companies also announced today that Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is the newest member of the Cisco Mobile Office, an initiative that provides mobile business professionals with secure, high-speed network access from locations outside of their immediate office, including public facilities like hotels, airports and coffee shops. Fairmont guests will benefit by having the same business-class network access in their hotel rooms and public meeting areas, such as lobbies and conference centers, as they have at the office.
Commencing in 2002, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will deliver unique web-based branded services through this new distribution network, which will function as an interactive source for destination-based content. Guests will be able to perform on-line activity booking and access unique content relative to local destinations and attractions from the convenience of their hotel room.
Fairmont Hotels will be leveraging key Cisco technologies including the Cisco Catalyst 2900 and 3500 Series XL Switches and the Cisco 3600 Series Routers for next generation performance and functionality. In addition, they will implement the Cisco Aironet 350 Series of Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) compliant wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) products. The industry leading Cisco Aironet 350 Series offers mobile business professionals easy, secure and reliable wireless access to their corporate networks so they can now be productive from anywhere and at anytime during their stay at the Fairmont.