Virgin Media answers the call to upgrade remote Galway hotel with superfast broadband

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Connemara Sands Hotel has dedicated 200MB broadband internet connection installed to benefit guests and hotel management systems 


Wednesday, 7th April 2021: Virgin Media Business has teamed up with Connemara Sands Hotel in Mannin Bay, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway to implement a dedicated superfast Wi-Fi broadband network across the hotel’s 22 boutique bedrooms and 10 self-catering holiday cottages. Previously supplied with an insufficient ADSL broadband connection, the now future-proofed hotel can offer guests upload and download speeds of up to 200MB along with improving the hotel’s own IT management systems.


Dean Gibson, Owner of Connemara Sands Hotel had this to say: “Running a business is hard and running a family-owned hotel in rural Ireland is even harder, especially during the last year. We’re always looking at ways to improve our guests’ experience when they stay with us but we felt our Wi-Fi offering, and its insufficient speeds, was causing reputational damage and really affecting our appeal to new and returning guests.


“We knew that a fast, reliable and robust broadband and Wi-Fi offering was going to be critical to the future of our business, but we didn’t expect the number of roadblocks we faced in trying to achieve this goal.


Thankfully, after speaking with Virgin Media about what our requirements were, they were able to deliver a solution that has completely changed the broadband and Wi-Fi services we can now offer during our guests’ time with us. Not only are we now able to offer super-fast Wi-Fi throughout our entire hotel and holiday cottages, we are also able to streamline and reinforce our own internal IT management platform and point of sale systems.”


David Milligan, Hospitality & MDU Sector Manager at Virgin Media said: “We’re really happy that we were able to support Dean and the team at Connemara Sands Hotel in their efforts to upgrade the hotel’s broadband and Wi-Fi offering. Working closely with Dean, we brought in a dedicated licensed radio internet connection with symmetrical bandwidth, offering upload and download speeds of up to 200MB across the entire premises, including the hotel’s 10 holiday cottages, located just off the main hotel building.”


With this upgrade, Connemara Sands Hotel is able to offer superfast connectivity to its guests along with improved functionality for the hotel’s smart TV systems in each of their guestrooms, allowing guests to access many of the popular streaming services during their stay.  The newly improved Wi-Fi connectivity also introduces the potential for guests to carry out work duties remotely given the recent trends to more flexible working schedules and lifestyles.


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