Reliable internet connection is almost as important as a comfy hotel bed
Findings show that a reliable internet connection has become a basic guest expectation in a hotel room, alongside a comfortable bed and clean bathroom
Reliable broadband provision is a must-have in today's hotel room and since the upgrade, the number of complaints has fallen dramatically and internet issues rarely come up. In fact, some guests are even commending the internet service offered by the hotel, which is having a knock-on effect on customer loyalty and repeat business.
Commenting on the findings, Marc Budie, technology director at Quadriga adds: "Today's business traveller expects to find at least the same level of connectivity and technology in their hotel room as they have at home and work, to enable them to check emails, surf the internet and download content. These findings clearly show that a reliable internet connection has become a basic guest expectation in a hotel room, alongside a comfortable bed and clean bathroom. As such, hoteliers must view broadband as the fourth utility."
However, this presents two challenges for hotels: the cost of the supply and infrastructure involved; and the management of guest expectations. For example, at home you have one broadband line serving a few people in a family. In a hotel that same line has to be split by anything from 20 people up to 300+. This obviously makes it almost impossible for hoteliers to replicate the home-for-home internet experience.
Hoteliers are often at a structural disadvantage, Budie adds: "Most homes will have at least 8 - 10mbit available. In order to achieve that same speed of service the hotel would need to be able to provide 10mbit to each guest. For a 100-bedroom hotel this would mean supplying around one gigabit of bandwidth, which is enormous and would be very expensive to achieve."
"Providing sufficient bandwidth at an acceptable cost level whilst keeping guests happy has always been a difficult balancing act for hoteliers. This is further fuelled by the move of some hotels to provide internet access for free to gain competitor advantage," he concludes.
"The free internet issue has always been contentious within the hospitality sector. The difficult thing is striking the balance between providing a free solution which satisfies guest demands but which is also commercially viable," adds Childs.
By managing its internet provision effectively hotels can offer guests a tiered bandwidth service. This gives the guest a choice of bandwidth level, quality and price options to best suit their requirements.
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Quadriga is a guest technology managed service provider with 275 employees operating in the key strategic geographies of North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, supporting more than 300,000 guest rooms. At Quadriga, our success is driven and underpinned by our ability to react with speed and agility to client and market needs to enable us to truly realise our values of empowerment, trusting partnerships, customer excellence, entrepreneurship and ownership.
Through an ever-growing portfolio of products, services and content, proprietary to Quadriga or via 'best-in-class' partners, Quadriga provides customers with the flexibility and reassurance that they can obtain a complete and relevant technology solution that meets their business revenue, guest satisfaction and operational efficiency targets, all from a single, global partner.
Quadriga's range of TV and mobile communications platforms, easy-to-use guest Internet solutions, network management, consultancy and delivery services and multimedia content means it can work with its customers to converge today's disparate technologies to create a technology ecosystem that delivers unequalled guest service and hotel operational efficiency.
As the hospitality sector expands globally, Quadriga's global footprint extends across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This is being achieved through a combination of Quadriga's own operations and a distribution model into selected countries and territories.
The company will continue to leverage its capabilities, its partnerships and deep knowledge of the hospitality sector to create solutions that harness the latest technologies and meet ever evolving customer needs and guest expectations.
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