Hotels Turn to Fiber Technology to Increase Customer Satisfaction

Whether it is a luxury resort or a budget-friendly hotel, guests expect reliable, fast and secure connectivity. With an increased demand for data accessibility, real-time collaboration, gaming, social media and streaming video on demand, travellers’ communication and entertainment needs are putting more and more demand on a hotel’s existing network infrastructure.

Guests are not the only ones limited by old legacy local area networks, or LANs. IT manager and hospitality administrators are tasked with ensuring operational demands within their facilities. This includes billing and reservation, security and surveillance, fire alarm and door access systems.

The issue is that legacy copper-based LANs are no longer a viable option for these applications. There has been an industry shift to fiber-based networks. Unlike the traditional copper-based LAN, passive optical LAN provides greater speed, reliability and security, with significant capital and operational expense savings.

As the hospitality industry looks at ways to future-proof its network infrastructure, the Association of Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN) hosts a webinar on July 9 at 11 a.m. EDT to discuss the benefits of fiber-based passive optical LAN.

For more information on the webinar, you can click here

How a Luxury Condo Can Support IoT with Fiber Speeds

In the Internet of Things and connected-everything era, condo complexes are under pressure to deliver high-speed connections and enough bandwidth to support their residents’ connectivity needs. Without it, they can easily lose their competitive advantage. Park Place, a luxury high-rise in Atlanta, knew that to attract new tenants and retain existing owners, they had to improve their connectivity infrastructure.

The condominium complex decided to rebuild its technology backbone and deployed a fiber-based technology, called Optical LAN, from Tellabs. This has proven to be the ideal solution because it:

  • Enabled incredibly fast Internet, which is burstable up to 1Gbps
  • Delivered bandwidth that residents require for their current devices and voice, data and video applications, and future services like VoIP, integrated music systems or exterior surveillance
  • Saves money from the moment its installed and significantly lowers the total cost of ownership over a 10-year period

While most complexes like Park Place today deploy popular copper-based networks, going against mainstream has paid off tremendously for both the condo and its residents.

Read more about the announcement here.

10GbE Optical LAN Capability on Display at BICSI Winter

Thanks to the demand for high-bandwidth applications, enterprises need a LAN that can support the “connected everything” era. The traditional copper LANs simply can’t keep up with this.

Luckily, Tellabs’ fiber-based solution, Optical LAN, delivers the bandwidth that companies need today and in the future. To support this, Tellabs announced this week that it is demonstrating its 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Optical LAN capability at BICSI Winter.

Currently available in Tellabs’ lab, the 10GbE Optical LAN will provide symmetrical capacity of 10Gbps in upstream and downstream directions. The company will enable a migration path to 10GbE that minimizes impact to existing users and leverages the existing architecture.

Read more about the 10GbE demonstration here. If you’re at BICSI this week, be sure to check out Tellabs’ demonstration at booth #516.

Santa Fe Public Schools Brings High-Speed Internet to Seven More Schools

According to the FCC, 68% of districts in the U.S. today can’t meet the long-term, high-speed Internet connectivity needs of students. This is because schools don’t have the right infrastructure in place – and the tight school budgets make upgrades difficult.

To meet their short and long-term connectivity goals and bring gigabit Internet speeds to the classroom, Santa Fe Public Schools recently chose a new type of network technology based on fiber optics from Tellabs, called Optical LAN, for seven more schools. This follows its initial installment in one school in March 2014.

The technology gives teachers the flexibility to tailor classroom and learning tools to evolving student needs and provides students with high-speed access to digital learning tools, including apps, Wi-Fi and cloud-based networking, via computers, laptops and smartphones. On top of that, Optical LAN saves money. In one school alone, Optical LAN cost $60,000 less than the traditional copper-based alternative and is expected to save almost $2.1 million over the next decade. This means the district can use the money where it’s needed more.

For more details, you can read the full release here.