Tellabs Optical LAN improves the guest experience with fiber connectivity at Atlanta Marriott Marquis

by | Jan 31, 2017 | News Release

NAPERVILLE, IL. – January 31, 2017 – Tellabs, a leading provider of Passive Optical Network (PON) solutions, and VT Group, a global solutions integrator, have successfully completed the installation and commissioning of the fiber-based local area network (LAN) at the 52-story building Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Though challenged by the Atlanta Marriott Marquis’ center atrium architecture, the Passive Optical LAN (OLAN) delivered substantial benefits for Marriott, including less cabling, reduction in telecommunications rooms and a fiber-to-the-room design that efficiently converged guest services.

Marriott International has been an advocate for fiber-to-the-room technology for over 3 years since it allows them to deliver higher bandwidth, with more security, in a smaller footprint, that benefits their hotel guests, employees, owners and operators. With this fiber-based infrastructure in-place, hotel owners, operators and developers, are now in control of their network future – they are no longer technology dependent and they possess greater flexibility for addressing network change.

By eliminating the 22 would-be telecommunications equipment rooms at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Marriott saved over $100,000 with the Tellabs Optical LAN installation and substantial on-going operational savings. Not only did the Tellabs Optical LAN reduce cabling costs, it substantially lowered weight impact, space restrictions and smoke-load for the building. “The Atlanta Marriott Marquis iconic cavernous atrium is spectacular to see, but the architectural challenge it imposed on the network up-grade was momentous to overcome. Tellabs Optical LAN was the optimal cost-effective answer that delivered improved network performance demanded by Marriott’s guests,” said Mike Dagenais, Tellabs President and CEO. “The Tellabs Optical LAN was the best choice for Marriott to deliver on the expectations of the tech-savvy guests accessing mobile check-in, location services, mobile room key and digital concierge services from their smart phones, tablets, laptops and even wearable devices.”

VT Group provided end-to-end integration of the IT engineering and installation services for the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. “VT Group prefers designing and implementing Passive Optical LAN because it give our engineers many options that ultimately benefit our clients,” said John Cook, VT Group President of Enterprise IT. “With the fiber-based infrastructure installed, the Atlanta Marriott Marquis has many choices for Wi-Fi and cellular optimization today and into the future.”

More detailed information about the Tellabs OLAN system deployed at Atlanta Marriott Marquis can be accessed in this informative case study.


About Tellabs
Tellabs delivers technology that transforms the way the world communicates. Tellabs evolutionary passive Optical LAN empowers the building of a modern high performance LAN infrastructure that is simple, secure, stable, scalable, sustainable and costs less.

About VT Group
VT Group is a leading enterprise IT solutions provider and systems integrator of emerging and advanced technologies for commercial, hospitality, healthcare and government clients worldwide. Headquartered in Virginia, the company has approximately 1,000 employees committed to providing superior services and customized solutions that expand customer capacity and enable sustained success. As an end-to-end provider of integrated IT engineering and installation services, VT Group’s portfolio of core competencies includes: Passive Optical LAN (POL); wireless (Wi-Fi) and distributed antenna systems (DAS); data center design/build and migration; audio/visual and digital media; and electronic security and surveillance systems.

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John Hoover, Tellabs Marketing Director
John Hoover
Director of Marketing
John Hoover is a Marketing Director at Tellabs and 2024 Board Chair of the Association for Promoting Optical LAN (APOLAN). Over the past 20 years, John has influenced industry milestones such as early passive optical network deployments, video implementations, wireless and more recently enterprise Passive Optical LAN adoption.

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