Soon Hilton Worldwide patrons will be able to get new Internet connection courtesy of AT&T (NYSE: T). Already well known in the hospitality industry, AT&T will provide the hotel chain its fully-managed WiFi and wired Internet services.
Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T will manage Hilton Worldwide's "Stay Connected" program that provides Hilton's ten brands with Internet services for guest in over 3,200 locations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
The new agreement with Hilton shouldn't be all that surprising. Since Hilton Worldwide launched its "Stay Connected" program in 2005, AT&T had been supplying the hotel chain with equipment, design and implementation. Hilton plans to transition the management and support of its Internet operations to AT&T, which will subsequently oversee network operations, guest Internet support, network engineering, software development and 24/7 network monitoring for Hilton Worldwide's Wi-Fi and Internet services.
In addition to overseeing Hilton's Internet connectivity, AT&T now joins IBM (runs their data center network) as a member of Hilton's Worldwide Innovation Collaborative, an initiative focused on outsourcing some pieces of its IT infrastructure.
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