MGM Resorts International announced today that they will be offering free Wi-Fi at eight Strip resorts in Las Vegas. The network will allow visitors at those casinos access to free wireless internet in low-rise public areas. The details and announcement of the new system were made public today to coincide with the opening of the massive CES electronics show that opened today in Vegas (see linked LVE article below).
MGM officials announced the project today and indicated that the Cisco system is already operational at Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, and MGM Grand. Later this year, the system will be installed at New York-New York, Monte Carlo, Excalibur, and Luxor. MGM Grand expects to have free Wi-Fi in all guest rooms by March of this year.
Basic internet access is available with the system for anyone located in public areas such as the lobbies, pool areas, casinos, and restaurants at the named resorts. Use of the internet service will not require a password. Hotel guests will get an upgraded service as part of their stay, and convention attendees or others in need of more bandwidth can upgrade to top internet speeds for a fee.
The new system is expected to be up to 30% faster than other large-scale wireless networks. Bellagio has 330 access points, which is more than similar Wi-Fi systems at some large theme parks. MGM spokespersons indicated the system will support thousands of guests with multiple internet-enabled devices.
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