The Levant hits the spot

The first active Wi-Fi hot spot in the Levant region has been installed in Beirut at the InterContinental Phoenicia hotel.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  July 22, 2003

The first active Wi-Fi hot spot in the Levant region has been installed in Beirut at the InterContinental Phoenicia hotel.

Public areas throughout the hotel, such as conference rooms and restaurants, have been turned into Wi-Fi hot spots. This allows anyone with a Wi-Fi enabled notebook to enjoy seamless and wireless high-speed internet connectivity.

“In the past, people had to carry all their disks and documents with them because they couldn’t easily connect to the internet. But now, whether you’re a businessman meeting with colleagues in the lobby or a tourist searching for information about which attractions to visit, you’ll always be connected at the Phoenicia,” said Hassan Hibri, systems manager at the InterContinental Phoenicia.

3Com installed the hotels Wi-Fi network and it claims that demand for hot spots in the Middle East region is on the rise. “We are seeing increasing opportunities for wireless hot spots in the region, with more and more public spaces, such as airports, hotels and restaurants, likely to be connected in the near future,” said Hani Nofal, technical manager, 3Com Middle East.

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