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Imagine that the Internet disappeared overnight. Most of us would not be able to do our jobs. We have become totally dependent on the Internet not only as a way of doing business but as a way of working. The importance of email communication has increased and most business documents are now exchanged over the net. Even in our personal lives the Internet has become completely pervasive. We keep in touch with our friends by email; we buy books, CDs, car insurance, vacations and virtually anything else over the web. Most of us would now be lost without it. And so it is with your visitors and guests. Whether they are tourists keeping in touch with home or business professionals on the move, everyone needs easy and quick access to the net. But access alone is not enough; it has to be quick to connect, fast to transmit and not result in a huge bill for usage. In effect, it must be as simple as using a mobile phone or sending a fax.

Solutions Description

Opportunities for Hotel Owners

These days most business travelers on the move require access to email as a basic hotel requirement; just like room service. Up until now they have struggled with dial-up modems, different types of hotel telephones and hotel telephone systems. And once they managed to overcome all these difficulties, they could look forward to very slow connection speed.

DSL Variant Downstream Speed Upstream Speed Distance
ADSL 512 Kbps to 2 Mpbs 256 Kbps 5km
SHDSL 192 Kbps to 2.3 Mbps 192 Kpbs to 2.3 Mpbs 3km
VDSL2 5 to 15 Mbps 5 to 15 Mbps 1.3km
VDSL22 Up to 100 Mbps Up to 100 Mbps 1.3km

VDSL2 solves these problems. Although it operates over the room's telephone line, it allows voice and data to be shared at the same time. That way the telephone is not tied up in the guest's room, and more importantly to you, the hotel owner, it doesn't clog up vital lines on your switchboard. VDSL2 is not limited to the speed of the phone line either, and can operate at speeds normally only seen on Ethernet local area networks. All you need is a connection to the Internet and some extra equipment to share the room telephone lines. VDSL2 also offers additional revenue opportunities. You can offer in-house services such as:

Internet Access

  • Creating wireless hot-spots in lounge areas and conference rooms
  • Local advertisements such as restaurants, theatres and travel bookings
  • Online concierge services e.g. taxi ordering, restaurant booking etc.
  • Hotel services such as bill checking and paying
  • Local document printing and business services
  • Video on Demand services for delivering films to the hotel room

All these services can be offered as extra revenue opportunities for the hotel or for other local businesses paying a royalty to the hotel.

VDSL2 Overview

What is VDSL2?
VDSL2 stands for Very high bit rate Digital Subscriber Line. In layman's terms that translates to a broadband link over a telephone line at incredibly fast speeds. VDSL2 is part of the family of Digital Subscriber Line technologies which operate over normal telephone wiring. 

Normal ADSL is used by the majority of telephone broadband subscribers. It runs at speeds from 512 Kilobits per second (Kbps) up to 2 Megabits per second (Mbps). There are higher speed variants in the DSL family such as SHDSL which can run at up to 8 Mbps but only over shorter distances and through good quality wiring. VDSL2 offers up to 15 Mbps over normal in-building telephone wiring at a distance of 1 kilometer and 5 Mbps at distances up to 1.5 kilometers.

How does VDSL2 work?

All types of DSL technologies operate over the existing copper telephone cabling. They use higher frequencies over the copper wire to introduce data signals without interfering with the lower frequency voice signal. The speed achievable is dependent on the distance from the local exchanges and the quality of the copper wiring. This is why the availability of ADSL for telephone subscribers is dependent on how far away they are from the local telephone exchange. But VDSL2 does not have these restrictions. Since it operates only over the in-building wiring, it is not limited by distance as long as the wiring does not extend more than 1.5 kilometers.
To install VDSL2 in an existing building, three new pieces of equipment are required:

  1. A VDSL2 switch which connects to the external Internet connection and also any local data servers
  2. A VDSL2 Splitter which combines the Data signals with the voice signals from the telephone exchange or PBX
  3. Customer premise VDSL2 modems which split the voice and data signals to the customer's telephone and local computers.
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