June 23, 2009 -- AFL Network Services announced that it was selected to install network infrastructure as part of Peabody Hotel Group's $450 million expansion of the Peabody Orlando complex. AFL will provide engineering support, materials, and installation for the deployment of voice, data and video networks.
AFL Network Services scope of work includes the installation of nearly one million feet of Cat5e cabling, intended for voice applications, and RG-6 coaxial cable installed for transmitting cable television and other video applications. Approximately one million feet of Cat6 cable with connectivity will be installed to allow for a high-speed data infrastructure, helping facilitate records, billing, and information that the hotel will store in its computers. The data infrastructure will also transmit digital signage information throughout the hotel and convention center. The entire fiber backbone will consist of AFL fiber and connectors.
"We selected AFL as our service provider out of a group of highly-qualified contenders," comments Michael Craft, executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Peabody Hotel Group. "This project is critical to our company and is very complex due to its size, as well as the quality that we are demanding of the completed product. We believe AFL is well-qualified to handle the cabling component of the project, and are counting on it to meet our technical requirements on schedule and on budget. We are very pleased with how AFL's work is progressing thus far."
With a target completion date of Fall 2010, the Peabody expansion includes a new 32-story guest room tower. With 1,641 luxury rooms the Peabody Orlando will rank among the largest four star hotels in North America, excluding casino properties. Other project highlights include a 55,000 square foot ballroom, three new pools, and a 2,100 vehicle parking garage. From conference rooms to poolside cabanas, all guest areas of the hotel will have access to a wide range of technology amenities.
"AFL Network Services is extremely pleased to be selected for such an exciting project," concludes Kent Brown, vice president, enterprise, of AFL Network Services. "The scope of this project is a showcase for AFL's expertise with end-to-end network solutions and value engineering. We look forward to celebrating the grand opening of the new expansion."