Hospitality properties need a comprehensive wireless network solution that supports the demands of guests, staff, work flow, applications, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). The CBRS band has the potential to provide a secure private network with mobility interfaces to the MNOs, while remaining under control of the property owner or manager.
CBRS is a new set of frequency bands that can be shared or lightly licensed for private communications or public cellular coverage. CBRS provides 150 MHz of new spectrum that is desperately needed for industries that lack adequate cellular coverage or have the desire for more control of their networks.
HTNG's CBRS for Hospitality Workgroup was formed to help corporate hoteliers adequately advise ownership, management, and other stakeholders on the value of CBRS deployments in their properties. The group was led by Chairs Juan Santiago of Ruckus Networks and Russell Vest of ExteNet Systems.
The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG's members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.
Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including world leading hospitality companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's Board of Governors, consisting of 24 top IT leaders from hospitality companies around the world, itself has technology responsibility for over 2.5 million guest rooms and world-leading venues. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit www.htng.org.