CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. Further evidence of a broadband boost in hotels, Cravens said, is the number of shipments forecast for broadband ports, such as Ethernet or DSL (digital subscriber line). These shipments are expected to rise to over 1 million worldwide by 2006, up from 250,000 expected next year. Revenue from broadband equipment is seen jumping to $286 million annually in 2006, up from $85 million expected this year, Cravens said. The average cost to equip a room with broadband access is around $300, she said.
Despite the anticipated growth in hotel room broadband usage, Cravens notes it will likely always remain only a small portion of a hotel's offerings, "I don't know if it will ever grow to 50 percent of all hotel rooms in North America, To get to 25 percent would be a stretch," Cravens said, "It makes sense because you wouldn't want broadband traveler palm iphone case service in all hotels, since it primarily caters to the business class.", Broadband-equipped hotel rooms are expected to grow to 15 percent in North America next year, according to a research firm..
A rebound in business travel and competitive forces should drive hotels to ramp up their broadband usage, said Amy Cravens, an In-Stat analyst. Broadband connections are currently found in 2.5 percent of North American hotel rooms. The travel industry, which has been pummeled by a drop in business since Sept. 11 and has seen several airline carriers either file for bankruptcy or issue bankruptcy threats, expects business travel to increase by a slight 1.4 percent, to $209.4 billion, this year, according to the Travel Industry Association of America. But business travel is expected to grow roughly 3 percent next year to $215.5 billion.
CNET también está disponible en español, Don't show this again, Software and services company Pinpoint Networks has raised traveler palm iphone case $8 million in a second round of funding led by new investor Massey Burch Capital and current investors Noro-Moseley Partners and Wakefield Group, Pinpoint announced Monday, Other investors include the Atlantis Group and Tri-State Investment Group, Cary, N.C.-based Pinpont, which has raised a total of $14 million, plans to use the money to expand product development and sales and marketing, Pinpoint sells its software and services to mobile operators to manage and deliver data services..
CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. Data center switch maker Inkra Networks has raised $30.1 million in a second round of funding led by Morenthler Ventures, the company announced Monday. Also participating in the round were previous investors Battery Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Storm Ventures and Greenstone Venture Partners. Fremont, Calif.-based Inkra Networks, which has raised a total of $66.6 million, plans to use the money to expand sales and business operations. The company's software and hardware products aim to simplify and streamline the data center environment.