DALLAS — Delta is opening its first employee gateway this week to let employees access their home networks, a move that will help employees who work in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area access their corporate networks.
The gateway will launch at the start of the work week, Delta spokesman Mike Capps said.
Delta has long struggled with employee networks and a growing number of employees who rely on private companies for home networks.
Delta launched its first home network this year, but it’s the only U.S. airline to open its home networks to employees.
Delta CEO Steve Bates said Delta is moving to offer the home network to all employees, and that’s part of Delta’s strategy to attract more employees.
Delta is one of the nation’s biggest employers of remote workers, and the company expects that this gateway will provide it with more remote workforce access.
Discovery and Enterprise Solutions CEO Michael Cates said he was excited to see Delta open the gateway to home networks and that employees will be able to access their networks remotely.
“With this, we’ll be able … to keep all our employees in our network at all times,” Cates told CBS News in an email.
Cates said that as a result of Delta opening its gateway, employees will not have to connect to an employer’s network to access Delta’s network.
The Gateway will provide employees with the ability to connect directly to their corporate network, where they can make calls, access the web and access email and other resources.
Users will be asked to register for a Delta Connect account to use their home network.
Delta’s website indicates that it has over 15 million Connect members across the country.
Delta will open the Gateway in about a week, Capps told CBS affiliate KRLD-TV.
Employees will be offered access to a network, but Capps declined to say when the gateway will go live.