China Mobile and iPass Partner to Deliver Wi-Fi Exchange Services
iPass Open Mobile Exchange to provide foundation for new Wi-Fi data roaming services for smartphones, tablets and laptops
HONG KONG, October 25, 2011 – China Mobile and iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) today announced that iPass Open Mobile Exchange (OMX) will provide the foundation for a new data roaming service for subscribers of China Mobile’s international service provider partners, as well China Mobile’s local users.
Through the new Wi-Fi exchange services, iPass OMX will serve as a central hub through which China Mobile’s international roaming partners are provided with access to the China Mobile Wi-Fi network. It will also support China Mobile’s international data roaming needs by providing access for China Mobile users traveling abroad.
“Smartphones and tablets are putting onerous demands on cellular networks,” said Wang Jianzhou CEO of China Mobile. “Building out our Wi-Fi network is the fastest way for us to meet the increasing Web demand by our smartphone and tablet users and by partnering with iPass we can rapidly make our Wi-Fi network seamlessly available to our international partners and their users roaming in China.”
“China Mobile has one of the fastest growing Wi-Fi networks in the world, and access to this network is essential for anyone traveling in China,” said Evan Kaplan, president and CEO of iPass. “China Mobile selected iPass Open Mobile Exchange so it can deliver Wi-Fi exchange services that enable its partner carriers worldwide to quickly connect users to Wi-Fi networks throughout China with one billing relationship. Today’s announcement is a validation of our global Wi-Fi vision.”
About iPass OMX
iPass OMX combines ‘zero-click’ mobile data offload services with domestic and international data roaming between 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi networks. The Wi-Fi exchange also simplifies and expedites the process of bilateral network connectivity between service providers, increasing their speed to market and optimizing network costs and operations so that they can also monetize their Wi-Fi networks with revenues from devices that were traditionally out of reach.
iPass OMX also enables service providers to increase Wi-Fi coverage to their subscribers with integrated access to the iPass Mobile Network with more than 600,000 Wi-Fi venues in 109 countries and allow Wi-Fi operators to monetize their networks from other mobile service provider subscribers without the need to manage multiple bilateral connections.
Founded in 1996, iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) manages mobile connectivity for large enterprises and global service providers through mobility and cloud services. With thousands of enterprise customers, iPass is a leading provider of enterprise mobility services which simply, smartly and openly facilitate access from any device on any network, while providing IT with the visibility and control necessary to support the demands of the enterprise workforce. iPass also provides Wi-Fi exchange services robust enough to support both the business and mass market requirements of service providers. Additional information is available at www.iPass.com or on Smarter Connections, the iPass blog.
A Chinese version of the release is available here.