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Phoenicia gets a ‘hotspot’ - Hotel Aims to be first in HiTech (Daily Star)

Lebanon’s assemblers and integrators have local knowledge and experience
The Phoenicia Inter-Continental Hotel on Tuesday announced the launch of the new Intel Centrino Mobile technology throughout its facilities.


The new technology will allow guests at the hotel to access the internet through notebooks that utilize the new wireless technology. “We are thrilled to offer our clientele the benefit of experiencing firsthand this new technology, where they can surf the internet and read their e-mails, all in the comfort of their suites,” said Hassan Hibri, the hotel’s IT manager.

He said the new technology is available in three places: public areas in the hotel, Tower C, which has 34 suites, and all other rooms in the hotel upon the request of the clients.

The Phoenicia is currently offering the technology to its clientele for $10 per hour or $25 for a full day. “Our aim is to be the first hi-tech, conference and business hotel in Lebanon,” said Carlos Malliaroudakis, director of sales and marketing.

Intel, WorldNet and Triple C said that the Phoenicia is the first hotel in the Levant and the first Inter-Continental hotel in the world to use this new technology. They explained that Intel’s strategy is to empower local partners in Lebanon to deliver solutions and technology on the ground. “We have used our local expertise and Intel’s technology to establish the first ‘hotspot’ in a hotel in the region, based on the Aptilo networks solution,” said Safwan Kazma, operations manager for WorldNet. “Our long experience has enabled us to find an innovative solution tailored to the needs of the Phoenicia,” said Bernard Rizk, president and CEO of Triple C.

The number of hotspots worldwide (some 1,200 in 2001) is estimated to reach 73,000 by the end of 2003, and Intel expects this number will reach 168,000 hotspots by 2008.

According to Maan Ahmadie, Intel reseller channel manager for the Middle East and Africa, the decision to involve Intel’s premium providers in bringing the company’s latest technology to Lebanon stems from the fact that Lebanon’s assemblers and integrators have the local knowledge and experience to deliver quality service to a wide range of customers in the market. “We have found that the Lebanese PC manufacturers and ISPs have been very enthusiastic in producing state-of-the-art laptops powered by Intel Centrino Mobile Technology and wireless services,” said Ahmadie.

The Phoenicia is the second location (Virgin Megastore was the first) to offer a hotspot for this new technology to its clients. According to Toni Prince, Intel’s Middle East and Africa business development manager for telecom and ISPs, discussions are taking place between Intel and the Ministry of Telecommunications to offer extended, improved and reasonably priced internet connections.


Beirut 29-07-2003
Tania Tavoukjian
The Daily Star



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