August 11, 2008

Marriott and AT&T Introduce Converged Network Solution for Hotels

Marriott International, an operator and franchisor of hotels and related lodging facilities, and AT&T have signed an agreement that is expected to transform multiple communications networks at hotels into one converged network for voice and data transmission based on internet technologies.

Together Marriott and AT&T have implemented an open-standards solution that is based on design principles established by hotel technology next generation (HTNG), a technology solutions association for the hospitality industry.

According to AT&T, the solution will improve the guest experience and employee performance, support both wired and wireless services throughout the hotel and speed the introduction of emerging technologies for communications and business applications.

AT&T has said that the technology solution includes AT&T Managed internet and managed router services, as well as services for WiFi connectivity, deployment and management that consolidates multiple network applications being delivered into a hotel property into a single managed LAN service-provider model.

Trip Agerton, vice president for global business services of AT&T, said: "AT&T is proud to bring forward such innovative technology with our long term customer Marriott International. This cutting edge solution demonstrates how AT&T enables both enriched customer experience as well as adding greater velocity to our customer's business."