Global hotel chain Radisson SAS has teamed with network provider NetPoint and roaming internet service provider iPass to offer business travellers cheaper, more consistent access to the internet from its 100 hotels around the world.
The company aims to complete its roll out of '[email protected] Connect' throughout its hotel chain by the end of 2004 to provide internet access - via dial-up, wired or wireless broadband or dedicated internet kiosks - in all rooms and public areas of its hotels.
NetPoint is installing the hardware for Radisson SAS, while companies with an iPass agreement can use the service to provide their mobile workers with internet access charged directly back to the company.
Finn Schultz, IT vice president of the hotel group's parent company Rezidor SAS Hospitality, said: "[email protected] Connect is a service concept and an evolution of good hospitality practice that we have been working on for two years."
Depending on the individual agreement between iPass and its corporate customers, the scheme can deliver savings of as much as 50 to 70 per cent of existing mobile internet access overheads incurred through ad hoc payments.
Doug Loewe, iPass EMEA vice president, said: "iPass is the 'Visa' of the enterprise connectivity world."
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