SOURCE: Proxim Wireless Corporation

March 25, 2008 16:30 ET

Malmaison and Hotel du Vin Hotel Chains Install Proxim Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Mesh Systems for Guest Internet Access

Airangel States Proxim Wireless Mesh Provides Broadband Access Speeds and Reduces Installation Time

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM), a leader in core-to-client solutions for broadband wireless networks, today announced that in conjunction with its partner, Airangel, it has supplied broadband wireless mesh equipment to the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin Hotel Chains. The Malmaison and Hotel du Vin Hotels can now offer wireless Internet access to their guests throughout the 22 hotels located across the UK.

Airangel, a specialist in providing guest Internet access solutions, has been responsible for deploying Proxim wireless networks in 11 Malmaison and 11 Hotel du Vin hotels, the UK's leading lifestyle hotels. Proxim AP-700s were installed in each hotel in addition to Proxim AP-4000s in a mesh environment at the Malmaison hotel in Manchester, where the public space areas of the building were particularly awkward to network due to cabling restrictions.

"Some of the hotels are very old buildings and required wireless mesh to seamlessly connect areas that were not possible to connect via ethernet. Wireless Mesh allowed us to provide our customers with broadband access speeds, while reducing our network installation time. For example the Hotel du Vin in Birmingham is the old Eye Hospital and was a tricky building to re-cable, so installing a wireless network was the only viable solution," explained Chris Airey, Operations Director of Airangel.

"Our hotel guests expect the best service and providing wireless Internet access was essential. We were looking for a wireless network, which was reliable and robust, so Airangel specified the Proxim solution, which they managed to install with the least disruption to the running of the hotels," said Mark Jelley, IT Director at Malmaison and Hotel du Vin Hotels. "We are planning to increase the number of hotels to 26 by the end of 2008 and plan to install wireless networks in each one of them."

"Working together with Airangel, we have delivered a robust and cost-effective secure wireless network. The Proxim infrastructure really comes into its own when there are difficult buildings to network, providing a highly reliable solution," said Anthony Fulgoni, VP International Strategic Sales for Proxim Wireless.

About Malmaison and Hotel du Vin Hotels

Malmaison and Hotel du Vin are recognized as the UK's leading lifestyle hotel group across the UK. The Malmaison hotels are primarily located in city centres and are mid-sized, operating in the 'boutique/lifestyle' market. The Hotel du Vin hotels are primarily based in cathedral or university towns and are generally smaller hotels than Malmaison.

About Airangel

Airangel was formed in 2002 as a direct consequence of Claremont Group Interiors (CGI) having to solve guest Internet access for both its own Nomadic workforce and its VIP clients. Airangel has since developed into a 'best of breed' supplier of guest Internet access solutions providing clients with the highest speed, most robust and secure networks, while delivering an end-user ease of use experience second to none, at the lowest cost of ownership in the industry.

About Proxim Wireless

Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM) is a leader in core-to-client solutions for broadband wireless networks. Our systems enable a variety of wireless applications including security and surveillance, VoIP, last mile access, enterprise LAN and PtP backhaul. We have shipped more than 1.5 million wireless devices to more than 200,000 customers worldwide. Proxim is ISO-9001 certified. Information about Proxim can be found at For investor relations information, e-mail or call +1 408-542-5303.

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Contact Information

  • Contact Information:
    Geoff Smith
    VP, Marketing and Business Development
    Proxim Wireless
    +1 408 731-2790

    Brian Sereda
    Investor Relations
    Proxim Wireless
    +1 408 542-5303