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January 09, 2013

Cisco News - MGM Resorts International Turns to Cisco to Create New Wi-Fi System

By Rory Lidstone, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Understanding that mobile devices have become a major part of most people’s lives, MGM Resorts International recently collaborated with Cisco (News - Alert) Systems to create a high-density Wi-Fi system capable of handling large volumes of traffic.

Together, these companies have created what MGM claims to be the highest-performing wireless LAN in the industry.

“Our resorts are open 24/7, and we needed a company in that could deliver guaranteed, high-level service to enhance our premier resorts’ offerings,” said John Bollen, vice president of Technology Strategy for MGM Resorts International, in a statement.  “We found in that in Cisco. No one else in Las Vegas, & even the U.S., can offer the scale, quantity and quality of wireless services we now have available.”

Indeed, this wireless network boasts a number of advanced features, including 30 percent faster connectivity than its previous Wi-Fi system, automatic Wi-Fi connectivity, access to a state-of-the-art interactive way finding resort map and the delivery of customized and timely offers straight to guests’ mobile devices.

The rollout of this new wireless system began at MGM Resorts’ destinations in Las Vegas — which included the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage — with these select resorts receiving the upgrade before the end of 2012. Additional Las Vegas resorts are to receive the upgrade early this year. These installations cover the entirety of each destination, including areas such as pools, casinos, lobbies and restaurants.

Meanwhile, the Wi-Fi rollout for guest rooms has begun at MGM Grand, with completion expected by March, with other resorts to follow.

Guests at these locations will receive complimentary Wi-Fi access within public spaces, with the option to upgrade to higher bandwidth if needed.

Furthermore, MGM Resorts’ new Wi-Fi offers a quality experience for convention attendees as well, regardless of the size. Indeed, the new wireless system is capable of handling large amounts of attendees, even accommodating for two devices per person on average.

Toward the end of 2012, Cisco Systems was also spending time making a lot of acquisitions, including Cariden Technologies, Cloupia, Meraki and BroadHop.

Want to learn more about the impact and potential future of White Spaces? Then be sure to attend the Super Wi-Fi Summit, collocated with ITEXPO Miami 2013, Jan 29- Feb. 1 in Miami, Florida.  Stay in touch with everything happening at Super Wi-Fi Summit. Follow us on Twitter.

Edited by Braden Becker

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