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NetComm Appointed Preferred Technology Provider to Golden Chain Motel Group

  • 29 August, 2005 17:08

<p>The nationwide Golden Chain Motel Group has appointed NetComm, a leading Australian provider of communications products and solutions, as its preferred technology supplier.</p>
<p>Golden Chain is an Australian motel chain with more than 300 locations around the country. Members had investigated the installation of a broadband network to provide Internet access for their customers but the available technologies were cost prohibitive and would have entailed running wires throughout the properties.</p>
<p>“When we heard about the HotSpot Wireless product, another director and myself decided we’d install it in our own motels at our own cost and conduct a trial of the solution,” said John Priestley, Chairman of the Golden Chain Motel Group.</p>
<p>“HotSpot has been operating in our two motels – the Horsham Mid City Motel and the Lamplighter Motel in Oakleigh – for six months. The price is right, it’s reliable, and it works. This experience meant we had no hesitation in endorsing NetComm as our preferred technology supplier to the Golden Chain Motel Group.”</p>
<p>Commenting on the appointment, David Stewart, Managing Director of NetComm, said: “NetComm Wireless HotSpot is a simple and cost-effective way of selling casual Internet access to motel patrons with a wireless-enabled notebook or PDA. For a small outlay, businesses such as motels, cafes, restaurants, or even a carwash, can provide access for their customers to surf the net, send e-mails or access corporate networks – and earn income at the same time.”</p>
<p>John Priestley says that since installing the NetComm Hotspot at his property, the Horsham Mid City Motel, guests have been pleasantly surprised at the availability of the technology. “We have received extremely positive comments from them,” he said. “Business people have walked in and, when they open their wireless notebooks, can immediately see we have a connection. One in particular, a relieving solicitor to the local court, said it was ‘sensational’ and thought we should have it available everywhere through our Golden Chain network of motels.”</p>
<p>The Wireless Hotspots are also a new source of revenue for the motels, and they free up the properties’ telephone lines. This avoids the issue of guests using dial-up connections via the motel PABX to access the Internet, and interfering with the property’s ability to make and receive business voice calls.</p>
<p>A NetComm Wireless HotSpot, however, gives customers the freedom to casually purchase Internet access without having to be affiliated to a specific ISP or plan. It also allows the business to customise access rates and promote the service as its own.</p>
<p>The built-in technology of the NetComm Wireless HotSpot makes logging on to the Internet quick and easy. When a customer pays for Internet time, they receive a receipt with a unique username and password.
To connect, the customer simply launches their web browser on their wireless notebook or PDA and enters their unique username and password in the login screen. Once online, users can enjoy the benefits of high-speed wireless Internet access for browsing, e-mail or Virtual Private Networking (VPN) access where a user can securely connect to their corporate network from a remote location.</p>
<p>NetComm’s Wireless HotSpot is now available directly from the company. Prices vary according to customer site requirements and a total solution can be provided including installation. Product enquiries can be made to NetComm on (02) 9424 2070 or sales@netcomm.com.au</p>
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<p>About NetComm</p>
<p>NetComm is Australia's leading provider of broadband hardware solutions. It holds a commanding position in the key markets of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), high-speed networking, wireless, hotspots and digital surveillance systems, and is developing a strong presence in the VoIP sector. NetComm products are researched, developed and engineered in Australia to meet local requirements and conditions. The company has a history of sustained growth and innovation, and is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: NTC). For more information visit www.netcomm.com.au</p>
<p>For more information visit www.netcomm.com.au</p>
<p>Media Contact
John Back
Kinetics
(02)9976-6611
john@kinetics.com.au</p>

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