AUSTIN, Texas - Wayport, Inc., the travelers’ choice for rapid-fire portable connection to online communications and information, announces the opening of its European headquarters and appointment of Bruce Rudy as managing director, Wayport Europe.
Rudy brings 25 years of IT industry experience to Wayport, formerly serving as vice president of network acquisition with GTS Network Services and an original executive board member of its pan-European fiber optic network venture, Hermes Europe Railtel. As managing director, Rudy will oversee development of the company’s European operation.
“My goal is to build upon the success Wayport has achieved in the United States and expand the company’s footprint into Europe,” said Rudy. “Wayport is the right service at the right time in the right place. The business traveler in Europe is looking for a single, high-quality brand of Internet access tailored to reduce the complexities of e-business on the road. Our recent chain-wide agreements with global companies such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and our continued discussions with major international airports support the demand and timing of this move. In fact, installation of Wayport’s high-speed Internet is near completion at the Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf in London.”
Wayport’s newly-appointed chief executive officer, Dave Vucina, added, “Wayport has provided convenient, reliable Internet connectivity for travelers since 1996. The addition of Bruce and his team and our expansion into Europe demonstrates our rapid growth and commitment to serving the business traveler and our hotel partners on an international scale.”
Major hotel companies that recently have signed-on to the Wayport connection include Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Sonesta Hotels & Resorts.
This summer, Wayport launched its wireless airport service at Dallas/Fort Worth International and Austin Bergstrom International. The company also recently debuted its membership program - offering 50 free wireless connects per user from now through the end of the year -designed to drive travelers to Wayport-equipped airports and hotels.
As a Cisco Powered Network Provider, Wayport ensures its high-speed wired and wireless communications are delivered over a networking infrastructure comprised of high-performance, reliable and secure solutions from Cisco Systems. In addition, Wayport has agreements to promote the service to IBM ThinkPad Proven and Toshiba laptop computer users.