Wifirst, the French operator and pioneer in public Wi-Fi hotspots, has successfully completed the deployment of over 25,000 Aerohive Networks Wi-Fi access points.
Wifirst required a robust and flexible architecture to support complex deployments, rapid expansion and end-users’ expectation for excellent Wi-Fi connectivity.
Aerohive said it enables accelerated growth by giving Wifirst a single view and point of management for its entire network. Aerohive’s Wi-Fi infrastructure also requires fewer access points, reducing interference and further enhancing the overall end-user experience, the company asserted.
Aerohive was chosen by Wifirst for its flexible and controller-less cloud approach and is supporting Wifirst’s network of 450,000 rooms across the education, hospitality, social housing and military sectors.
With this deployment, Wifirst has become the leading operator for Wi-Fi access in France with notable customers including 220 Accor Group hotels, such as the Mecure, Novotel and MGallery hotels, as well as the French military through a partnership with the French Ministry of Defense’s Joint Logistics and Supply Agency, l’Economat des Armées.
“Wi-Fi was once a little-known access technology, but over the past decade, usage has grown exponentially by around 20 to 25% annually,” said Arnaud Puy, director of operations at Wifirst.
“Wi-Fi technology becomes fairly complex as we continue to grow and add more access points. With thousands of access points distributed over multiple sites, we risk providing end-users with inefficient Wi-Fi access, unacceptable in today’s always on, always connected world.”
Puy continued: “Added to this is the challenge of managing such an extensive installation, particularly if you are relying on a controller-based solution that requires one controller at each location.
“Aerohive has the advantage of a controller-less architecture so we are able to manage all of our access points from one console and can extend our network to include additional access points within a few minutes, no matter where they are located.”
Benoit Mangin, Southern Europe sales director, Aerohive, said: “We are proud to contribute to the development of a leading company like Wifirst as it affirms our approach that supports the deployment of Wi-Fi networks, eliminating the use of costly controllers and a single point of failure.”