London - (21 October, 2008) – iBAHN, the leading provider of digital converged services for hoteliers, today announces that it has completed a full High Speed Internet Access (HSIA) installation at the Sofitel London Heathrow, Terminal 5, incorporating both wired and wireless connectivity.
Guests to this brand new hotel can now enjoy both wired and wireless access in all of the hotel’s 605 guestrooms, with Wi-Fi access also available throughout the property in the extensive public areas and 45 conference rooms. The Sofitel London Heathrow at Terminal 5 has also purchased a 100MB data line, which will be dedicated to High Speed Internet Access in response to guest’s increasing bandwidth requirements.
The installation offers business travellers the highest standards of data security through iBAHN’s Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) solution, which eliminates the ability of a hacker to steal guest data and provides total separation between different wireless users. This ensures that there is no chance of guests viewing each others’ data.
In addition, iBAHN offers a Virtual Private Network (VPN) certification programme and unlimited IP addresses which allows business travellers to connect easily to their own corporate network. Further advantages, such as the ability to check flight details and print boarding passes using iBAHN’s Internet PC product are highly valuable to this flagship airport hotel.
Sunny Roda, IT Director of Arora International Hotels Ltd which owns the Sofitel London Heathrow, comments: “iBAHN has a very strong reputation in the 4 and 5 star hotel market, and as we are a new large prestigious hotel we needed a provider who could supply all of our connectivity needs. One of our USPs is that we offer extensive conferencing facilities and our clients expect us to offer the very best technology. With 45 meetings rooms that can handle more than 1000 delegates at any one time, iBAHN’s managed conference experience was extremely important in winning our business. We also identified that offering high-speed internet facilities increases our revenues, so we were keen to install the very best system on the market.”
Graeme Powell, Managing Director EMEA, iBAHN, adds: “Sofitel London Heathrow, Terminal 5, is located in one of the busiest transport hubs in the world, and caters for the world’s top business people. iBAHN’s offering is robust, and gives this fabulous new hotel the very best infrastructure which will deliver state-of-the-art converged digital services as well as fast, trouble-free internet connectivity.”
Notes to Editors
iBAHN is the only global provider of digital entertainment and Internet solutions for the hospitality and meeting industries. Monthly, more than 1.7 million travellers and meeting attendees rely on iBAHN to increase productivity with secure high-speed Internet access options in more than 2,500 hotels, conference centres and meeting spaces in 28 countries worldwide. iBAHN’s digital entertainment offering, ETVi, offers hotel guests leading digital video and entertainment services. Operating one of the largest MPLS networks in the industry, the company provides technology solutions to more than 50,000 events annually, ranging from small group meetings to major industry conferences, while serving more than a third of Fortune 100 corporations. For more information, please visit www.ibahn.com or www.ibahnemea.com
About Arora International Hotels
One of the UK's fastest growing privately-owned hotel companies, Arora International Hotels has made a name for itself through the design, construction and operation of luxury hotels, with exceptional levels of hospitality. Current locations include the Arora International-Heathrow, Arora Park-Heathrow, Arora International-Gatwick/Crawley, Arora International-Manchester (located in the city centre), the Sofitel London Gatwick (directly connected to the North Terminal at Gatwick airport), Mercure London Gatwick and the 605-bedroom flagship Sofitel London Heathrow at Terminal 5 (opening July 2008). Both Sofitel’s and the Mercure London Gatwick operate under a franchise agreement with Accor Hotels & Resorts.
At the Brit Oval, Arora is currently working in partnership with Surrey County Cricket Club on the development of a 170-bed luxury hotel. Each of its hotels is Investors In People accredited. The company also has interests in the internationally renowned Wentworth Club and recently purchased Wycombe Airpark, Buckinghamshire - a private airfield and base of the British Airways Flying Club.
The Arora Family Trust owns the Airport Hotels Unit Trust, a fund comprising a portfolio of nine branded hotels located in and around key airports in the UK.
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