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Emirates Palace rolls out 802.11ac network

Becomes first hotel in the region to offer gigabit Wi-Fi.

Emirates Palace rolls out 802.11ac network
Akdeniz: We committed to deploying a solution that would meet Guests' high expectations for the next four to five years

Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace hotel has deployed an 802.11ac wireless network across its premises, making it the first hotel in the region to offer its guests gigabit wireless Internet.

Emirates Palace used Aruba Networks' 802.11ac solution, which was implemented by MDS UAE, an IT services company in the UAE.

Mehmet Akdeniz, director of IT and AV at Emirates Palace, said that the decision to upgrade the hotel's wireless infrastructure was taken after it became apparent that guests wanted to use bandwidth-hungry mobile applications.

"We committed to deploying a solution that would meet their high expectations for the next four to five years. This is why we opted for Aruba's gigabit Wi-Fi solution," he said.

Emirates Palace was guided through a six-month selection period by MDS, with Aruba's offering standing out as the most suitable 802.11ac solution. The solution includes the Aruba 220 Series Access Points, Aruba Mobility Controllers and the vendor's patented ClientMatch technology.

Emirates Palace deployed a 7720 series Mobility Controller, and over 1,000 AP-225 wireless access points over a two-month period. The hotel also implemented Aruba's AirWave Network Management platform, which offers visibility into all the devices and connections on the wireless network, allowing administrators to plan for capacity, visualise client performance and troubleshoot application issues.

The most obvious benefit of the implementation has been the increase in capacity from 54 Mbps to 1.3 Gbps. However, Akdeniz has highlighted other benefits, too. For example, the 7220 series Mobility Controller has eliminated manual configuration of individual access points, and has automated software updates for all the AP-225 access points.

Akdeniz added that Emirates Palace has also achieved the highest level of security for its wireless network. He concluded that, all in all, the new solution would provide a new level of Internet service to the hotel's guests.

"In the hospitality sector today, simply providing wireless is practically a given. But not all wireless is equal and this is something that our guests will be able to recognise instantly," he said.

"We now have a solution that enables us to improve their experience in ways that they have not even considered as of yet. This is the kind of service excellence that Emirates Palace is synonymous with and we are happy to say that Aruba has been an enabler of our success."

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