Gemalto and iPass Connect Mobile Operators to over 260,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots Globally
New revenue opportunities for mobile operators with expansion of Mobile Roaming Services for smartphones and tablets
Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, February 15, 2011 — Gemalto (Euronext GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced that it has entered into a Technology Collaboration Agreement with iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), a leading provider of enterprise mobility services. The collaboration expands the benefits of the Gemalto Roaming Director, and empowers mobile operators with a customized global Wi-Fi roaming solution.
Gemalto will present this new service offering at Mobile World Congress 2011 (Gemalto booth Hall 8, Stand 8A102). Gemalto’s Roaming Director is a service solution that enables mobile operators to dynamically connect subscribers to their preferred 2G and 3G roaming partners. By adding the global Wi-Fi roaming capability to Roaming Director, mobile operators will go to market more quickly with a comprehensive mobility offering that provides their roaming subscribers with greater choices of network connectivity.
The Gemalto-iPass collaboration enables mobile subscribers traveling abroad to seamlessly access Wi-Fi from their handset in one click, without the need to enter additional credentials or buy a voucher. By utilizing the iPass Open Mobile Client for smartphones, subscribers can access over 260,000 hotspots. The new service is charged to the user on their mobile phone bill.
“With the increasing use of mobile Internet devices and Wi-Fi being so pervasive, consumers are demanding more mobile connectivity,” commented Jean-François Schreiber, senior vice president Gemalto. “The combined roaming offering from Gemalto and iPass provides mobile users with simple and convenient Wi-Fi access when traveling abroad. It also enables mobile operators to better target different customer segments.”
“iPass has built the world’s largest commercial Wi-Fi network,” added Rod Brewster, vice president of business development and alliances at iPass. “Our collaboration with Gemalto will provide mobile operators with a cost effective implementation of a proven and secure alternative for network connectivity. Additionally, mobile roaming subscribers will have the flexibility to access high bandwidth applications at faster speeds and at lower costs.”
Founded in 1996, iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) is a leading provider of enterprise mobility services with 3,500 customers, including more than 420 of the Forbes Global 2000. Additional information is available at www.iPass.com or on Smarter Connections, the iPass blog.