BDL Hotels, which runs the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza chains, has signed a deal with wireless internet service provider Megabeam to roll-out wireless hot spots in some of its hotels in the south east of England.
Under the deal, Megabeam will install wireless local area networks (Lans) at the Holiday Inns in Heathrow and Docklands, the Express at Luton Airport and the Crowne Plaza at Marlow on Thames.
The hotels are all located near major airports and motorways, making them convenient for business travellers.
Most of the new hotspots will be live by early next year, and this latest deal marks an extension to the number of hotels, airports and train stations across Europe covered by Megabeam.
The service allows hotel residents to access the internet from their laptop or PDA via a wireless Lan card at transfer rates up to 100 times faster than standard dial-up modems.
The device automatically finds the Megabeam service, and travellers then follow a few on-screen instructions. From the time they launch their browser, they can be online within seconds.
Access packages range from two hours for €7.5 (£4.80) to annual subscriptions with an introductory offer of two years for the price of one. Users can also buy daily, weekly and monthly subscriptions.
Megabeam chief executive Ryan Jarvis explained that the subscription service will be popular with companies looking to fix the cost of staff access to the internet from outside company premises.
"Corporate travel policies will also favour hotels that provide employees with low and fixed-cost access to their email and internal company networks," he said.
Jarvis added that business travellers will prefer the wireless service to dealing with cables and dial-up modems.
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