SIOUX FALLS, S.D., March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LodgeNet Interactive Corporation (Nasdaq: LNET), the leading provider of media and connectivity solutions to hospitality and healthcare businesses, today announced an agreement with Velocity, The Greatest Phone Company Ever, Inc., designating LodgeNet Broadband as a "PLATINUM PARTNER" of Velocity solutions to the U.S. hospitality industry.
The partnership positions LodgeNet to offer hoteliers primary backhaul bandwidth (T1 circuits or bigger), as well as an aggregation service (VBand™) that can add bandwidth from less expensive sources (such as cable modems and DSL) to increase the capacity and redundancy of the property's guest access networks. The Velocity bandwidth aggregation service (VBand™) is subscription based, eliminating the capital outlay commonly associated with bandwidth aggregation devices.
"LodgeNet Broadband is constantly looking at solutions that will not only bring our customers the best service today, but will position them for success in the future. Velocity's business model and VBand™ aggregation service do just that," said Steve Pofahl, Senior Vice President/General Manager of LodgeNet Broadband.
"Excellent customer service and cutting-edge technology are key differentiators in the hospitality sector," said Greg Kiley, President and CEO of Velocity. "LodgeNet has a record of excellence on both fronts, and we believe having them as a 'PLATINUM PARTNER' will greatly help us extend our solutions into an industry that is becoming more bandwidth intensive all the time."
LodgeNet Interactive Corporation is the leading provider of media and connectivity solutions designed to meet the unique needs of hospitality, healthcare and other guest-based businesses. LodgeNet Interactive serves approximately 1.8 million hotel rooms worldwide in addition to healthcare facilities throughout the United States. The Company's services include: Interactive Television Solutions, Broadband Internet Solutions, Content Solutions, Professional Solutions and Advertising Media Solutions. LodgeNet Interactive Corporation owns and operates businesses under the industry leading brands: LodgeNet, LodgeNetRX, and The Hotel Networks. LodgeNet Interactive is listed on NASDAQ and trades under the symbol LNET. For more information, please visit www.lodgenet.com.
Velocity, The Greatest Phone Company Ever, Inc. founded in 2005 and headquartered in Holland, Ohio, is one of the largest and most efficient providers of Hospitality Internet Access. Velocity provides its customers with state-of-the-art technology products such as V-Select™, Velocity's On-Line Interactive Portal™, VBand™, Velocity's Bandwidth Manager, 24/7 technical assistance, and a nationwide network of 900 skilled technicians for customer installation, upgrades and repairs. V-Select™, Velocity's On-Line Interactive Portal™ provides the ability to monitor and support end users more efficiently. With V-Select™, Velocity customers see their entire network at a glance. V-Select™ allows the Velocity customers to view real-time bandwidth usage, provisioning, roll-out statistics, trouble tickets and service level analyses. Velocity combines V-Select™, the power and versatility of VBand™, along with Velocity's wide range of bandwidth options to create vertical solutions such as the "Velocity Total Solution™" and the "Velocity Ultimate Solution™". These products help Velocity customers to ensure an exceptional guest experience.
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