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Ruckus picks up half a million hotel rooms for WiFi

Coming just two months after Brocade acquired carrier-class WiFi player Ruckus Wireless, the company has landed one of its most prestigious contracts, rebuilding all the WiFi at AccorHotels, the second largest hotel chain in the world.

Ruckus will update Accor’s WiFi technology and infrastructure with a view to improving performance for both customers and the business of the hotels themselves. Usually this type of contract is reserved for incumbent telcos (who will presumably provide backhaul) but Ruckus will install new WiFi at 3,700 hotels in 90 countries, reaching 480,000 rooms.

AccorHotels takes in brands such as Sofitel, Mercure, Pullman, Novotel, Ibis and Adagio. It boasts that all of its rooms have free WiFi, though this only offers speeds of 250Kbps, while premium WiFi is offered at a daily charge. The hotel group says its current service offerings will be streamlined to meet future demand, which may also mean a change in that premium policy.

The basis of the network will be Ruckus’s new 802.11ac access points, which feature Wave 2 multiuser MIMO, a key enabler of densification.

David Esseryk, VP of guest technology at Accor, said: “Ruckus’s understanding of the hospitality industry and close relationship with global HSIA services providers made the choice clear-cut.”

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