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The impact of 5G and Wi-Fi 6 in hospitality

As technology continues to evolve, it can sometimes feel like there are constantly new trends to watch for. But one trend hoteliers don’t want to miss out on? The shift to 5G and Wi-Fi 6 in hospitality.

The introduction of 5G and Wi-Fi 6 is creating many new opportunities when it comes to connectivity. Together, these advancements bring next-level, seamless functionality to the wireless world.

5G technology enables hotels and venues to implement a richer guest experience and engaging platforms. This includes applications that use artificial intelligence for food ordering, retail shopping, and video solutions for guest and staff safety. 5G opens the door to providing personalized, in-the-moment experiences that help properties engage with their guests in a seamless, meaningful way. 

Wi-Fi 6 is a cost-effective solution, designed within the boundaries of a property. Wi-Fi 6 will remain a viable option for customer and data applications alongside 5G mobile devices. Both technologies are complimentary to one another for the services they offer to guest devices and the internet of things (IoT) applications in hospitality venues.

One significant benefit of both 5G and Wi-Fi 6 is the potential to eliminate network congestion. In high-density environments, such as hospitality venues and hotels, the network can become congested as more people use it, causing slow connectivity among guests. In buildings with Wi-Fi 6 capabilities, guests will be able to experience a seamless transition from cellular networks to Wi-Fi zones, which in turn cuts down on network congestion.

As these new technologies rollout across the country, guest expectations will continue to rise. According to a recent study, 64% of U.S. hotel guests claimed it was extremely important for hotels to continue investing in technology to enhance the guest experience.

This means hotel owners and operators will be expected to invest more in their properties’ networks to meet growing consumer expectations. Planning ahead is key for hoteliers to ensure their properties, both new and existing, are prepared.

Hotels and venues will need both Wi-Fi 6 and 5G compatibility to serve guests and future connectivity requirements. Investing in Wi-Fi 6 now during new-build and renovation projects can ensure hoteliers continue to meet the needs of customers and keep guests coming back. 

World Cinema’s newest technology solution called ImpruviX promotes the use of Wi-Fi 6 to help property owners prepare for this new wave of technology by delivering high-quality Wi-Fi connectivity to communities and destination properties across the U.S.

To learn more about how World Cinema can support your property, click here.

Image source: IEEE