WWW – The Wild West of WiFi

Is it just me or is the charging for WiFi at venues STILL a complete mystery?

Here are some examples we have come across at events we have supported:

Venue A

  • Four days
  • 1,000 delegates
  • Large conference centre
  • Coverage throughout

Venue B

  • Three days
  • 300 delegates
  • Average-sized hotel
  • Coverage throughout

Venue C

  • Two hours
  • 400 delegates
  • Exhibition Centre
  • One room

Venue A’s service and coverage was flawless, Venue B’s was troublesome and problematic (and of course not their fault until we proved it). Venue C didn’t get the chance to show how good their system was as the client understandably made ‘alternative arrangements’.

My advice to Event Planners is to check the costs of WiFi before signing off on a venue to avoid having no option but to pay what can be in my opinion excessive charges. And if in doubt about the technical characteristics such as bandwidth required, concurrency etc., do talk to an independent expert.

In short, it would appear we are still a long way away from being able to expect reasonable WiFi at all venues.

What's your experience of Venue WiFi?

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