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iBahn’s Marriott deal

iBahn has signed a new contract with Marriott in Asia-Pacific after it recently achieved the company’s 2013 Global Property Network Standards (GPNS) Certification for WiFi and High Speed Internet Management Systems for full-service properties in the region.

The Marriott GPNS program creates a consistent, industry-leading property Internet offering of the highest quality across Marriott brands.

iBahn is among the first Internet service providers to achieve the 2013 certification globally and will continue to advance through the additional steps of the rigorous certification program.

“We are pleased to confirm that iBahn has achieved Marriott’s 2013 certification of GPNS, now also in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Marriott’s VP of Information Resources for Asia-Pacific, Martin Bookallil.

“We can confidently continue to rely on iBahn to provide the best possible Internet experience for our guests whilst ensuring our management teams have the highest standards of network monitoring, hotel support and reporting tools available.”

According to iBahn, this contract will ensure that Marriott properties in the Asia Pacific region will be installed on a new technology infrastructure that streamlines the guest login, automates support and reporting and adds a new level of proactive network monitoring and support.

The new system allows the network to be more flexible and offer network services for guest as well as managed services for other networked applications and systems in a secure, managed and monitored environment.

In order to achieve the certification, iBahn successfully installed and configured the network infrastructure that complies with the 2013 version of GPNS WiFi specifications at a selected Marriott pilot property in the USA. After installation, iBahn completed Acceptance Testing and as the final step in certification, representatives of Marriott’s Telecommunications organization confirmed completion of the Acceptance Checklist at the pilot property.

“iBahn is honored to have achieved certification on the exacting requirements for Marriott’s 2013 standards,” said iBahn Asia Pacific Managing Director, Matt Mitchell.

“Marriott has developed a world-class set of specifications to ensure a consistent technology experience across their brand portfolio, and we are especially grateful to Martin and his team for working with us on the specific requirements required for the Asia Pacific 2013 GPNS certification.”

Pictured left to right: Martin Bookallil, VP Information Resources, Marriott Asia Pacific; Bruce Hoffmeister, CIO Marriott International; Matt Mitchell, iBAHN Asia Pacific Managing Director and Teresa Ho, iBAHN Global Accounts Manager, at the signing of the Asia Pacific GPNS Property Contract at the Marriott International Information Resources APAC & MEA One Team Learning Seminar in Bangkok, Thailand.

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