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Swisscom Eurospot See 200% Increase in Daily Internet Connections

Swisscom Eurospot, today announced that guests at its’ 2,000 hotel partners across Europe are on average making 6,000 secure corporate network and Internet connections a day. This represents, compared to last year, a daily connection growth increase of 200%.
In 2004, Swisscom Eurospot strengthened its market presence, and extended its room coverage to 170,000. Moreover, it extended its service portfolio into providing customised conference and meeting services as well as self-service workstations with high-speed connectivity and printing facilities for guests and clients of its partner hotels. Today Swisscom Eurospot has connected more than 170,000 guestrooms and enabled more than 2,000 properties in 12 European countries with secure high-speed Internet access. This is almost triple the number which the company recorded one year ago. The company has also partnered with another 750 hotels, which will become online in the coming months.

This market growth can be attributed to two key factors which have evolved over the past year: business people have become increasingly familiar with WLAN technology outside the office, resulting in an increased market penetration and widespread proliferation of wireless-enabled laptops. Secondly, laptop prices have decreased. As a result, business people travel more and more with their laptops in order to significantly improve their productivity when on the move.

Frédéric Gastaldo, CEO of Swisscom Eurospot says: “We aim to provide a complete portfolio of secure and high-quality services to our hotel partners and ensure improved quality consistently in order to progressively meet our hotel partners’ and ultimately their guests’ and clients’ expectations.”

Swisscom Eurospot is exhibiting from 11-15 March 2005 at ITB in Berlin (Hall 10.1, stand 106) and at IMEX in Frankfurt from 19-21 April 2005 (Hall 8, stand F 530).