Managed hot spots - the next killer app?
The rapidly growing Wi-Fi market in India and the increase
in hotspots has attracted yet another solutions provider. Hughes Network Systems
(HNS), a leading provider of broadband satellite network solutions now offers
a complete, managed Hot Spot solution.
Hughes' DiRECWAY Wi-Fi Access is a comprehensive Hot Spot
solution for the enterprise market, including hotels, restaurants, coffee shops,
gas stations and convenience stores.
DiRECWAY Wi-Fi Access is a complete, managed Hot
Spot solution that has the potential to become the next killer application for
enterprises. It is a compelling option for companies from the oil, retail and
manufacturing industries to link their geographically dispersed offices in a
reliable and cost effective manner, said Partho Banerjee, President &
CEO, Hughes Escorts Communications Ltd.
Hughes claims its DiRECWAY Wi-Fi Access solution can deliver
a 99.5 percent reliable, managed, secure and redundant backbone to ensure that
these Wi-Fi Hot Spots are always-on for service.
The continent-wide reach of DiRECWAY Wi-Fi Access means
that enterprise or retailers can now offer consistent and reliable Hot Spot
service to their employees at all of the company's locations. HNS will also
provide a comprehensive, high quality managed solution, including equipment,
installation, and back-end support services like customer billing and network
DiRECWAY Wi-Fi Access is available as an upgrade for existing
enterprise customers of Hughes DiRECWAY broadband satellite service, and will
be offered through all Hughes sales channels, including its direct sales team
and value-added resellers.
According to a 2003 research report by Gartner on the market
in the APAC region for Wi-Fi Hot Spots, India is the country that generates
the highest average income from each hot spot, as many of its access points
are located in business hotels, rather than in cafes and restaurants.