SOURCE: Cisco

January 22, 2008 03:00 ET

The Oriental Bangkok First Hotel in the World to Deploy 802.11n Wireless Technology

Oriental to Use Technology to Improve Guest Experiences

BANGKOK, THAILAND--(Marketwire - January 22, 2008) - Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) and the Oriental Bangkok Hotel today announced the world's first deployment of Cisco's next-generation wireless 802.11n technology in the hospitality industry. The new high-speed wireless network supports the Oriental Bangkok's vision to offer superior guest experience through information and communications technology (ICT).

Cisco Aironet® 1250 Series Access Points have been installed throughout the hotel, allowing guests and staff to stay connected even as they move from floor to floor.

Mr. Paul Jones, hotel manager, The Oriental Bangkok, said, "The Oriental is recognised as one of the world's foremost luxury and legendary hotels. With over 130 years of history behind the hotel, achieving this reputation is an honour for the hotel, and one which we respect by constantly evolving with the times and with the expectation of our guests. In terms of technology, in today's world, this means offering the latest advancements to make a guest's stay as comfortable and convenient as possible. We are delighted to be the first hotel in the world to offer the latest Cisco wireless 802.11n technology in our rooms. It reinforces our tradition of providing exceptional guest service.

"Today's business travelers demand more than simple connectivity: They value voice, video and data options which are efficient, convenient, highly secure and most importantly can be accessed anytime, anywhere in the hotel," he added.

"We are proud that the first hotel in the world to deploy this highly advanced wireless technology comes from Thailand, putting the country on the ICT map. The Cisco Thailand team worked closely with the Oriental Bangkok Hotel to help ensure that the solution we proposed solved a business challenge. The Cisco Aironet 1250 Series Access Point was the first enterprise-class access point to be Wi-Fi certified to support the IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 standard and provides the versatility, high capacity and enterprise-class features demanded by wireless local-area network customers. It is a modular, dual-band access point with a choice of 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 radio modules. The Cisco Aironet AP1250 Series Access Point is designed for challenging RF environments such as a hotel," said Tatchapol Poshyanonda, managing director of Cisco Thailand.

"We are excited to be part of the effort in delivering innovative and differentiating premium services to the valuable guests of the hotel," he added.

About Oriental Bangkok Hotel

Having celebrated 130 years in 2007, The Oriental Hotel is consistently ranked as one of the world's best and most luxurious hotels. The hotel is a legend and an institution that is linked with the history and tradition of Thailand itself. At the same time, to keep up with modern trends, it has undergone extensive renovations over the past six years totalling USD 85 million. The hotel always strives to keep on top of the modern world, and technology is a big part of everyday luxury travel. General manager Kurt Wachtveitl recently celebrated a record-breaking 40 years at the helm.

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