In the dynamic world of broadband connectivity, a significant challenge has been bridging the digital divide, often discussed in the context of reaching remote rural areas.
However, this divide also extends to urban settings, specifically affecting hotels and resorts. The overlooked “Brownfield” hotels, embedded in dense concrete, steel, and other complex materials, face substantial hurdles in upgrading their network infrastructure due to the prohibitive costs and complexities of rewiring.
Fortunately, the landscape of hotel broadband connectivity is undergoing a transformative shift. The introduction of Gigabit Home Networking (G.hn) technology, recognised under the ITU G.9660 standard, offers a groundbreaking solution. This innovation brings high-speed, cost-effective broadband to older hotel buildings without requiring extensive and expensive rewiring of new Ethernet and fibre. G.hn technology stands out due to its unique ability to utilise existing telephony or coaxial cables within a property, transforming them into conduits for high-speed internet.
This approach not only bypasses the need for intrusive installation work but also significantly reduces costs. The process involves a point-to-point multiplexor that combines Ethernet and G.hn media conversion capabilities. It can handle up to 10 Gb of bandwidth sourced from copper, optical, or wireless backhaul/transport devices, seamlessly converting this bandwidth to G.hn for optimal transmission over existing hotel infrastructure.
The final step in this process involves a small endpoint within each hotel room that converts the G.hn signal back into Ethernet, ensuring a reliable and high-speed connection within the guest room.
The advantages of G.hn over traditional brownfield building broadband solutions are numerous.
Firstly, it offers superior rate and reach compared to older DSL technologies. Unlike other technologies limited to specific cable types, G.hn is versatile, operating efficiently over both coaxial and telephony cables (single or multi-pair).
This versatility also extends to bandwidth allocation, which is dynamically managed to cater to varying subscriber needs and profiles. Furthermore, unlike other coaxial broadband options, G.hn supports symmetric bandwidth, which is crucial for today’s high-demand internet users. An important aspect of G.hn is the quality of experience it delivers.
Unlike many wireless solutions that require complex RF engineering within the property, G.hn ensures a high-quality, stable internet connection without such complexities. This is particularly critical in environments like hotels, where consistent and reliable connectivity is paramount for guest satisfaction.
Looking ahead, the G.hn technology continues to evolve. The upcoming Wave 3 iteration promises even more impressive capabilities, supporting 5 Gbps over copper telephony and an astounding 10 Gbps on coaxial facilities! This progress signifies a leap towards even higher speeds and efficiency in broadband delivery.
While fibre optic technology and Ethernet remain the gold standard for new constructions and are recommended wherever feasible, G.hn presents an optimal solution for existing hotels without Ethernet cabling. It offers a practical, cost-effective alternative for achieving gigabit speeds without the associated disruption and expense of rewiring.
For hoteliers and resort owners looking to enhance their property’s connectivity without incurring the high costs and operational disruptions of traditional rewiring, G.hn emerges as a highly attractive and future-proof solution.
Hotel wifi provider. The Director of Operations at Liveport Corporation and Liveport Australia, leading a team of professionals who provide wireless internet solutions for over 500 hotels across North America and Australia.