CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, October 31, 2017 — Tech Data (NASDAQ: TECD) today announced an agreement with iPass® (NASDAQ: IPAS), a leading provider of global mobile connectivity, to distribute its intelligent connection management and Wi-Fi service offerings to the IT channel ecosystem. The innovative, data-driven iPass SmartConnect™ platform uses intelligent network selection to choose the best network for a user’s needs, based on availability, performance and cost. In addition, iPass provides simple, secure Wi-Fi access on any mobile device, powered by the world’s biggest Wi-Fi network. The offerings are now available to Tech Data customers in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
“Tech Data knows that one of the biggest challenges for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) is keeping employees and clientele connected through a cost-effective and secure environment,” Linda Rendleman, vice president of Product Marketing, Endpoint Solutions at Tech Data. “We’re proud to provide our channel partners with comprehensive solutions to better serve their SMB customers. The iPass SmartConnect platform creates new revenue streams and enhances customer engagement.”
The iPass SmartConnect platform is valuable to a wide array of solution providers. For enterprise buyers, iPass provides the following benefits:
- Improved productivity: iPass keeps mobile employees always on with unlimited access to Wi-Fi.
- Secure connections: iPass helps ensure privacy and security with full protection of user credentials and corporate data.
- Simplified pricing: With unlimited plans providing one flat fee per user, iPass makes pricing simple and predictable.
For mobile operators, iPass provides the following advantages:
- Reduced network costs by offloading data: iPass allows operators to implement a Wi-Fi first offload solution, whether subscribers are on a home network or roaming. The solution lets operators reduce wholesale costs and regain operational margin.
- Improved subscriber experience: Constant service enhancements create successful subscriber relationships. Enhancing a mobile operator’s offering with global Wi-Fi access is a significant competitive advantage in the market.
- Reduced customer churn and improved revenue streams: Integrating global Wi-Fi connectivity can help mobile operators deliver a distinctive subscriber experience by enhancing their core offerings.
Tech Data’s go-to-market offering is unique, as it represents iPass’ first major venture in the channel space in the U.S. and Canada. Tech Data will leverage its strategic position to provide its diverse scope of channel partners with the iPass solution as a standalone offering or bundled into a complete solution. Tech Data can also facilitate partnerships between iPass and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to integrate iPass SmartConnect technology at the device level.
“No matter who we are, we all depend on connectivity; therefore, we are delighted that Tech Data’s substantial customer base will benefit from access to our global Wi-Fi network,” said Patricia Hume, chief commercial officer at iPass. “In the connected world we live in, being without Wi-Fi is no longer an option. As such, customers need a cost-effective way to stay connected, regardless of where their travels take them, the number of devices they have or how much data they want to use.”
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About iPass Inc.
iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) is a leading provider of global mobile connectivity, offering simple, secure, always-on Wi-Fi access on any mobile device. Built on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, the iPass cloud-based service keeps its customers connected by providing unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity on unlimited devices. iPass is the world’s largest Wi-Fi network, with more than 62 million hotspots in more than 180 countries and territories where iPass customers have connected successfully at airports, hotels, train stations, convention centers, outdoor venues, inflight, and more. Using patented technology, the iPass SmartConnect™ platform takes the guesswork out of Wi-Fi, automatically connecting customers to the best hotspot for their needs. Customers simply download the iPass app to experience unlimited, everywhere, and invisible Wi-Fi.
iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.
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