Captive.net is a leading cloud-managed wireless solution provider that works exclusively with channel partners throughout Europe and the Middle East. Captive.net is well-known for delivering guest WiFi solutions to some of the world’s best-known and global hospitality brands. FDXTENDED is a supplier of complimentary wireless products, namely a traditional on-premises internet gateway solution.
Looking out over hidden grandeur, the UKAA held their Summer drinks reception last night at the gleaming modern offices of KPMG: One St Peters Square in Manchester.
Talks from both Michael Green, Chief Executive of UKAA and Michael Howard, Managing Director of Urbanbubble resonated a message that was loud and clear to the audience – the focus is on the tenant and they are causing quite a stir.
When it comes to entertainment consumption, there’s one word which sums up the sea change we’ve witnessed over the last decade – streaming.
As ever increasing numbers of us eschew the traditional linear TV and radio model in our homes in favour of a fluid, internet powered viewing experience, the way we view entertainment and the technology we use has changed dramatically.
The increasing cost of buying a home, less job security and a changing housing market have meant that, more than ever before, the under 40s are choosing to rent rather than purchase.
This new breed has been called ‘Generation Rent’, and more than merely renting, they’re causing a sea-change in the expectations on developers, building operators and landlords. Put simply, the expectations on the rental sector are now sky high.
Airangel – the Warrington-based company which is the leading provider of guest WiFi solutions to the hospitality sector – has secured a £1.7m funding package from Santander Corporate & Commercial to support its further growth.
Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services advised Santander on the deal.
Airangel, which has recently opened new office in Dubai, is expanding rapidly across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Its software platform MyAirangel is now the number one solution in the hotel industry, with clients including IHG, Malmaison, Hotel du Vin, the Eden Project, Movenpick Hotels and Resorts.
Opt-in marketing isn’t a new thing. In fact, it goes as far back as magazines, catalogues, and newspapers and these days most companies now use some form of direct marketing to find new customers and to keep in touch with their existing base. Our own guest WiFi solution, for example, is designed to help hoteliers and other business to capture guest data, including email addresses, to enable them to match visitors with information already held in their CRM or PMS systems and to build a more effective marketing database, what we term ‘WiFi marketing’.
To manage the upgrade, the group has enlisted the services of Airangel. One of the UK’s leading enterprise guest WiFi solutions firms, it provides safe and secure WiFi that is easy to deploy, simple to manage and allows guests to get online quickly with the minimum amount of effort.
Most WiFi certified devices that are currently connected on your wireless networks use the 2.4GHz band. More recently, and due to the decrease in price of dual-band devices, we are seeing more use of the higher frequency 5GHz band.
WiFi is a designed in accordance with the version of the 802.11 standards, a family of specifications developed by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) for wireless LAN (WLAN) technology. 802.11 specifies an over-the-air interface between a wireless client and a base station or between two wireless clients. The version 802.11a supports 5GHz radio band. Conversely, 802.11b and 802.11g only support the 2.4GHz band. With the release of 802.11n saw support for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz and hence the term ‘dual-band’.
So now all that is out of the way, what are the key difference between the 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 60GHz bands and how best to use them on your wireless networks?
Hotels losing revenue
Big, luxury hotels often made a lot of their revenue from two things: In room phones and pay per view. The year is 2017 and everyone has a phone in their pocket, negating the need for people to use the, often expensive, hotel room phones. Pay per view is what it is, you pay for what you view. Guests, if given the option, would clearly opt for the cheaper and perhaps more enjoyable streaming option rather than pay hotel prices.
For most of us life without the internet is hard to imagine. The internet underpins everything we do. It helps us keep in touch with our friends and families, entertains us, helps educate and creates job opportunities. With 2.4 billion web users worldwide it may come as a shock to you that 21% of the British population lacks basic digital skills and the capability to realise the benefits of the Internet. That’s 21% of Britains that are missing out on what many believe to be a basic human requirement.