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Dusit Dubai selects Aruba for wireless rollout

Guest access infrastructure deployed in rooms, business faciities, ballroom

Bertram Shajiev, IT manager at Dusit Thani.
Bertram Shajiev, IT manager at Dusit Thani.

Aruba Networks' has been chosen by the Dusit Thani Dubai to leverage its mobility controllers and wireless access points to provide secure high-performance wireless internet access across its 321 rooms and suites, business centre meeting rooms, executive boardroom and ballroom.

According to Aruba, the solution has helped the hotel meet the technological and financial challenges of providing its guests with complimentary high speed wireless internet access.

Bertram Shajiev, IT Manager at Dusit Thani who was in charge of the technology decision process said, "We realised that our network had to be both complimentary and wireless, so we knew we needed a solid platform." Guided by Precedence Technologies, a UAE based IT services company, Shajiev was visited sites that had deployed Aruba's network technologies. "Their solutions were extremely convincing and also very appealing from the financial perspective. The fact that Aruba does the wireless side for Lucent helped persuade us too," he said.

The project consisted of the installation of Aruba 3600 and 3400 mobility controllers, AP-93 access points in the hotel rooms and AP-105 access points in areas with higher user density such as banquet halls and public areas.

Since the installation, it is said to have performed very well and the Dust Thani intend to upgrade the Aruba network by adding a third controller for extra reliability.

According to Aruba, software upgrades to the existing controllers will translate to cost savings while ensuring that the solution meets future demands. There are also plans to deploy 20 more wireless access points to increase coverage and to implement Aruba's AirWave solution to simplify administration, monitoring and troubleshooting.

Zeeshan Hadi, Territory Manager, Dubai at Aruba Networks said, "We have delivered a solution that not only meets the hotel's current requirements, but can also be scaled an upgraded in a straightforward and cost-effective manner. This will enable Dusit Thani to utilise the solution to the maximum of its potential for years to come. Such a platform enables them to offer high-performance reliable wireless connectivity to guests as a complimentary service."