AT&T has signed a $150 million deal with Marriott International to enable the hospitality leader to provide faster broadband speeds, Voice-over-IP (VoIP) & cloud services to its guests. Under the three-year deal, AT&T will upgrade the network architecture that will also facilitate the move of Marriott’s applications to the cloud over the next three to five years.
The deal will see AT&T delivering a new consolidated voice and data network that will also include backup and protection provided via AT&T's embedded LTE wireless backup solution. This will complement wireline connections to Marriotts' properties, protecting against service interuptions.
The deal will also see Marriot improving its Wi-Fi service, which is an important differentiator in the competitive hotelling market and at the same time, will see the hotelling giant leveraging VoIP for its contact-center applications as part of its cost reduction plan. AT&T said that the upgraded network will be monitored in a Marriott-dedicated AT&T maintenance center.