iPass Supplies Skype with Global Wi-Fi Network Infrastructure
Serving Skype’s 300 million connected users calling two billion minutes daily
REDWOOD SHORES, CA., August 7, 2013: iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), a leading provider of mobile services for enterprises, software companies and telecom service providers, announced today that it will supply Skype Communications S.a.r.l., a global provider of Internet communications software and Luxembourg-based subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) with network infrastructure to expand the reach of Skype WiFi services.
“A global Wi-Fi network is fundamental to Skype’s business to support our large and growing subscriber base that use Skype products for video calling, IP voice and instant messaging”, said Todd Haugen, General Manager of Skype WiFi. “Partnering with iPass was an obvious choice as they have the largest commercial Wi-Fi network by far, with access to over 1.2 million hotspots across 124 countries and territories. Incorporating the iPass global network with Skype Wi-Fi had an immediate positive impact, increasing both service utilization and customer satisfaction. The iPass Open Mobile Exchange (OMX) business model makes for a perfect partnership, allowing Skype to focus on our core product offers.”
“Skype’s phenomenal success in growing a global user base, and now its partnership with iPass, emphasizes how critical Wi-Fi is to the mobile data ecosystem”, said Evan Kaplan, president and CEO of iPass. “Wi-Fi is now the consumer’s choice for wireless network access, accounting for up to 85 percent of total smartphone-originated data traffic. iPass will enhance the Skype Wi-Fi service by providing quality hotspots in more locations around the world than ever before, and this is a big win for the consumer.”
About iPass OMX:
iPass Open Mobile Exchange (OMX) is the world’s largest commercial Wi-Fi roaming and exchange platform for Communication Service Providers (CSPs). Through a single interface, iPass OMX connects more than 150 unique Wi-Fi networks representing over 1.2 million commercial Wi-Fi venues with certified WISPr interoperability across 124 countries and territories worldwide.
About iPass Inc.
Founded in 1996, iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) delivers the world’s largest commercial Wi-Fi network and trusted connectivity platform, providing frictionless connectivity for smartphones, tablets and laptops anywhere in the world – simply, securely and cost-effectively. Additional information is available at www.iPass.com or on Smarter Connections, the iPass blog.
iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the WiFi Alliance. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.
Sarah Duckett, Public Relations Director, iPass
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