The trends were identified by Cloud5, which provides advanced cloud-based data and voice solutions for more than 4,000 hotels touching millions of users – including end-to-end High-Speed Internet Access (HSIA), converged networks, cloud PBX/VOIP, network design and WAN/LAN management, and contact centers. “Working with thousands of hotels, we have a unique perspective on what is driving communications investment – and what is likely to lead in the future,” said Mark Holzberg, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Cloud5. “The dominant theme in 2017 will continue to be today’s millennial traveler – the ‘always-connected guest,’ and the demands the traveler brings in a new era of mobile communications.” When planning for the new year, hoteliers should consider how to architect efficient, cost-effective communications networks that integrate these features: 1. Personal Area Networks (PANs) – Guest rooms are evolving to become more like home technology environments, with networks supporting a wide range of personal devices – enabling personalized, efficient connectivity. That means networks must be organized around the individual “just like home,” allowing guests to interconnect different devices over Wi-Fi, while providing security to the hotel network. For 2017, it’s all about making it personal. Get the full story at Cloud5 Communications