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    Luxury Ski Resort Offers Guests High-Speed Internet Access with Ethernet Dedicated Internet

    Fast reliable Internet access meets guests’ needs.


    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    Challenge
    Provide resort guests, including business conference attendees, with fast, dependable Internet access.

    Solution Requirements

    • Cost-effective: An increase in bandwidth should not require new T1 purchases.
    • Quick and reliable: The ideal solution will provide high-speed Internet access for guests, including business conference attendees, and employees 24/7, even during busy ski season.
    • Flexible and scalable: Bandwidth must be adjustable during busy season and when large corporate guests host conferences.
    Solutions

    • Comcast Business Ethernet Dedicated Internet Service
    • Comcast Business Ethernet Private Line Service
    Results

    • Fast reliable Internet access meets guests’ needs
    • Scalable bandwidth can be adjusted during busy season and for corporate events
    • Dedicated point-to-point connection between properties links employees to property management system
     
    The Business Challenge
    Renowned for its magnificent accommodations, impeccable service and memorable alpine setting, Stein Eriksen Lodge is one of the most accessible, year-round resort destinations in North America. The Lodge is also the ideal location for business conferences because it accommodates large groups of people and offers high-speed Internet access.

    In the past, the Lodge relied on T1s for Internet access, but that solution didn’t offer the level of bandwidth needed by guests during the busy ski season, especially when they used their laptops or handheld devices to stream movies. The only way to increase bandwidth was to add more T1s, which was cost-prohibitive and unnecessary because the Lodge only needed more bandwidth during ski season, not permanently. Plus, adding more T1s meant adding more points for possible failure.

    In addition to meeting guests’ (and employees’) Internet access needs, the Lodge wanted to boost revenue by attracting large corporate customers to host conferences. However, corporations require sizeable bandwidth as well.

    “Flexible bandwidth is key for us, but so are reliability and redundancy,” said Ben Lee, IT Manager for Stein Eriksen Lodge. “We needed a cost-effective solution that addressed all three concerns.”

    The Comcast Business Solutions
    Stein Eriksen Lodge implemented Comcast Business Ethernet Dedicated Internet Access to provide individual and corporate guests with the bandwidth they need, for as long as they need it.

    “The T1s couldn’t offer the flexible bandwidth that Comcast provides,” Lee explained. “And with Comcast, we don’t have to purchase extra equipment or wait for new circuits when we need more bandwidth. I just call my Comcast sales rep, and he bumps up our bandwidth accordingly. This has enabled us to attract large corporate customers because we can meet their bandwidth needs now.”

    Comcast Business Ethernet Dedicated Internet Access keeps business running smoothly at Stein Erikson Lodge. “Not only is our Internet connection reliable, but we also have peace of mind knowing Comcast monitors and supports our connection 24/7. In addition, we no longer worry about redundancy because the T1s are available if we need them.”

    Stein Erikson Lodge relies on Comcast for another mission-critical service. Soon after Comcast Business Ethernet Dedicated Internet Access was in place, Lee’s sales rep told him about Comcast Business Ethernet Private Line, which could connect the Lodge with an adjacent property called the Chateau so employees at both locations would be able to access the same property management system.

    “The previous T1 connection didn’t provide sufficient bandwidth for the property management system,” Lee said. “Instead, we relied on remote terminal service access, which was prone to problems. The Comcast Private Line is secure, reliable, and flexible. If current bandwidth doesn’t provide efficient performance, we can bump it up as well.”

    The Results
    Fast reliable Internet access meets guests’ needs
    Stein Eriksen Lodge is a premier resort destination for guests seeking the ultimate in hospitality. The Lodge prides itself on meeting all of their needs, including fast and reliable Internet access 24/7, thanks to the Comcast Business Ethernet Dedicated Internet Access Service.

    Scalable, cost-effective bandwidth can be adjusted during busy season and for corporate events
    The IT team at Stein Erikson Lodge can quickly and easily add additional bandwidth with Comcast Business Ethernet Dedicated Internet Access, without the delays and expenses of ordering new circuits, upgrading capacity, or purchasing new equipment.

    Dedicated point-to-point connection between properties links employees to property management system
    The Comcast Business Ethernet Private Line Service provides a fast and reliable fiber connection between the Lodge and Chateau, enabling employees at both locations to access the property management system.

    “Flexible and scalable bandwidth is one of the greatest features of Comcast Business Ethernet Dedicated Internet Access.”

    Ben Lee
    IT Manager
    Stein Eriksen Lodge

    About
    The Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond Stein Eriksen Lodge is one of America's premier resorts and a member of the exclusive international association of independent luxury hotels and resorts, Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Providing guests with the ultimate year-round luxury destination, Stein Eriksen Lodge offers world-class skiing during the winter and biking, golfing, shopping, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, and fishing during the summer. Guests can also be rejuvenated year-round with treatments from the Forbes Four-Star rated Spa.


    Ethernet service savings is not guaranteed, and is dependent upon number of locations and bandwidth requirements. © Comcast 2011. All rights reserved.

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