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Howard Johnson Mega-Wires Guest, Meeting Rooms

[Toronto, CANADA] The Howard Johnson Canada hotel chain is installing the CAIS Internet/VirtuaLINC hotel solution that allows its guests to access the Net from every room up to 50 times faster than traditional modem methods.

The new broadband service is provided by VirtuaLINC, CAIS Internet, and Bell Nexxia.

VirtuaLINC is a Dallas-based broadband communications services company specializing in IP-based video services, high speed Internet, and data services for hotels and corporations.

CAIS Internet is a broadband solutions company providing the mobile workforce with comprehensive high speed Internet solutions.

Bell Nexxia provides the actual broadband network to each hotel property.

The 20,000 guest rooms and 500 meeting rooms at Howard Johnson Hotels and Inns across Canada can now offer business travelers the latest in broadband high-speed Internet access.

The initial phase, which includes over 40 properties franchised by Howard Johnson Canada expects to be completed by the end of this quarter.

Additionally, selected properties will also offer high quality videoconferencing from their meeting rooms using CAIS/VirtuaLINC technology.

The hotels themselves can also use the high-speed pipeline for back office data transmissions such as connecting to the corporate reservation system.