Here in the U.S., the race to wire the thousands of multi-tenant (MTU) and multi-dwelling (MDU) buildings isn't exactly heating up. The reasons range from untested technology to sluggish network build-outs to uncooperative property owners, and many providers are looking first to the hospitality industry to provide momentum.
Tut Systems, developers of advanced VDSL systems for the MDU/MTU market, announced a recent deal with Internet service provider Broadband Hospitality to use some of Tut's infrastructure products.
Broadband Hospitality will use Tut's baseline Expresso gear to serve many of the hotels the company has under contract. Currently, that amounts to about 40,000 hotel rooms across Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Florida and other regions in the central and eastern U.S. It'll use Tut's Expresso SMS 2000 subscriber management system and the Expresso OCS operation center software system to provide customized Web sites, online advertising and reservation capabilities, as well as bandwidth distribution and tiered service pricing. Broadband Hospitality has installed Expresso in 10 hotels to date, with plans to deploy in 35 more by year's end.