Sunday, 04 December 2016

Telcos find plenty of room at the hotel 'can't afford ya'

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 06 June 14

Operators forced to step away from the minibar and consider charging a single entry fee for access to their networks.

Only a few short years ago, regular travellers were only too aware of the high price premium hotels slapped on services like video on-demand and the in-room telephone. Now though, that cash cow has dried up: guests can bring their own tablets, over-the-top content and movie rental services and their own mobile phones with lower roaming costs. And the hospitality industry is left looking for alternative ways to plug the revenue gap. It's much the same in telecoms. "That's where the operators are now," said Jeffrey Krogh, managing director of media and telecom finance at BNP Paribas…

Only a few short years ago, regular travellers were only too aware of the high price premium hotels slapped on services like video on-demand and the in-room telephone. Now though, that cash cow has dried up: guests can bring their own tablets, over-the-top content and movie rental services and their own mobile phones with lower roaming costs. And the hospitality industry is left looking for alternative ways to plug the revenue gap. It's much the same in telecoms. "That's where the operators are now," said Jeffrey Krogh, managing director of media and telecom finance at BNP Paribas…

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