Oi Leads with International Wi-Fi Data Roaming Services with iPass Open Mobile Exchange
Wi-Fi Exchange enables Oi to provide subscribers with access to 780,000 global Wi-Fi hotspots
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., April 12, 2012 – Oi (NYSE: OIBR, OIBR.C.), a pioneer company in the provision of bundled services in Brazil, and iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), the global Wi-Fi services leader, today announced a new agreement that will enable Oi to provide its customers with access to the world’s largest commercial Wi-Fi network through the iPass Open Mobile Exchange (iPass OMX).
This is another leading initiative that Oi is taking to offer its customers with the best Wi-Fi coverage both locally and internationally, expanding the “Internet Everywhere” concept by offering 780,000 and growing hotspots in airports, hotels, coffee shops, and premium locations around the world. The service is expected to be available to users within the next month.
“Our goal in partnering with iPass is to offer both Oi eligible customers and Oi WiFi Vex customers greater value and cost savings internationally, to reinforce our commitment of offering the best ‘Internet Everywhere’ experience,” said Eduardo Aspesi, Oi Retail Director. “Oi WiFi network was launched in 2011 to strengthen the position of the company as the largest and more complete provider of Internet access in Brazil. The partnership with iPass is very important for Oi, because it broadens the service offering to an additional 780 000 hotspots in several countries,” added Aspesi.
“By working with Oi, we are able to give their customers added value when they travel,” said Steve Livingston, senior vice president of carrier development at iPass. “This partnership further enhances the OMX platform and ecosystem by adding such a large strategic partner and the value proposition Oi delivers to its customers. The simplicity of providing customers a complementary Wi-Fi footprint that allows easy access for people when they travel on business or leisure and invoiced through a customer’s monthly bill is paving the way for the future norm.”
iPass OMX is the leading telecom carrier and service provider Wi-Fi exchange that helps to increase mobile network capacity quickly and cost-effectively by providing carriers with access to the world’s largest commercial Wi-Fi network through a single interface, connecting more than 140 Wi-Fi network operators with certified WISPr interoperability in 118 countries and territories worldwide. For more information about iPass Open Mobile Exchange visit: /service-providers
About iPass Inc.
iPass helps enterprises and telecom service providers ensure their employees and subscribers stay well connected. Founded in 1996, iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) delivers the world’s largest commercial-grade Wi-Fi network and trusted connectivity platform. With more than 780,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across 118 countries and territories, iPass gives its customers always-on, frictionless connectivity anywhere in the world – easily, quickly, securely and cost effectively. Additional information is available at www.iPass.com or on Smarter Connections, the iPass blog.
Oi is a pioneer company in the provision of bundled services in Brazil. Oi offers local and long-distance voice transmission, mobile telephony, broadband and pay TV. In December 2011, the company had 69.7 million revenue generating units (RGUs). This total includes 43.3 million in personal mobile segment, 17.8 million in residential segment and 7.8 million in business/corporate segment.
For the fourth consecutive year, Oi is part of the ISE – Corporate Sustainability Index portfolio of the BM&F BOVESPA, reflecting the company’s commitment to social responsibility and corporate sustainability. Oi is also part of the IC02 — Carbon Efficiency Index, a partnership between BM&F Bovespa and BNDES.