Wifirst selects CommScope’s Wi-Fi solutions to connect its facilities across France

CommScope today announced that Wifirst selected CommScope’s RUCKUS Wi-Fi to bring world-class connectivity to Barrière Group’s 33 casinos, 18 hotels and 140 restaurants across France.

The new Wi-Fi network will be the foundation of an ambitious digital transformation program that enhances services for guests. Visitors will have the option to check in via their mobile device, download keys to their smartphones and go straight to their rooms. They can also extend their stays, check out, or change rooms without having to go to the front desk. By limiting unnecessary physical contact between guests and staff, these contactless conveniences will help increase guest confidence in the safety of their environment.

More than 7,000 rigorously trained employees will also benefit from the new network as they’ll be able to work more effectively using mobile applications for housekeeping, catering, maintenance, digital signage and property management. Staff across the casinos and restaurants will have access to emerging technologies for hospitality, including IoT, automation, artificial intelligence and more.

“Beautiful historic hotels are highly desirable places to stay but thick plaster walls, fireproof doors and even mirrors can be nightmares for Wi-Fi as they weaken and block signals,” said Etienne Detrie marketing director at Wifirst. “Connectivity is critical both for guests who have become used to constant connectivity at home and for operational efficiency boosted by mobility. Wifirst’s experts are steeped in the realities of how to keep hotels and their guests fully connected.”

Emmanuelle Anglade added, “Since the rollout of the new network began, there have been no complaints from guests regarding the quality of the Wi-Fi. And the number of bookings has increased in properties that have benefitted from the new network.”

To address interference challenges, Wifirst implemented RUCKUS’ high-performance dual-band Wi-Fi 5 access points. These technologies focus and steer Wi-Fi signals by choosing the best performing paths and channels, and even adapting to environmental changes and the devices used by guests.