iPass Elected to Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Board of Directors
iPass to play essential role in leading-trade organization focused on making Wi-Fi a seamless experience and supporting Wi-Fi standards development
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., December 20, 2011 – iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) today announced that the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) elected iPass to its Board of Directors. The WBA is a global industry association that is focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi experience.
“The WBA is crucial to the future of telecom operator-led Wi-Fi,” said Evan Kaplan, president and CEO of iPass. “With our rapidly growing Wi-Fi network and tenured relationships with operators, iPass is well positioned to continue the vision of ubiquitous and seamless wireless broadband services. Our board representative, Marcio Avillez, iPass vice president of Network Services is the ideal person to lead our efforts at the WBA and to continue our support for developing industry standards for Wi-Fi.”
“Wi-Fi is fundamental to the future of telecom operators and creating an experience that removes the difficulties of shifting seamlessly between Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity is a key objective of the WBA, especially in a world where demand for data is insatiable,” said Shrikant Shenwai, CEO of the WBA. “iPass has already been an active member and contributor to the WBA and we look forward to their continued support and thought leadership as an influential Wi-Fi provider.”
iPass provides ‘zero-click’ mobile data offload services with domestic and international data roaming between 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi networks. iPass also enables mobile operators 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 that also allows Wi-Fi operators to monetize their networks without the need to manage multiple bilateral connections.
iPass helps enterprises and service providers ensure their employees and customer stay well connected. Founded in 1996, iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) delivers the world’s largest commercial-grade Wi-Fi network and most trusted connectivity platform. With over 600,000 connection venues, 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.
Founded in 2003, the aim of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is to secure an outstanding user experience through the global deployment of next generation Wi-Fi. The WBA and its industry leading members are dedicated to delivering this quality experience through technology innovation, interoperability, and robust security. Today, membership includes major fixed operators such as BT, NTT Communications, Comcast and Time Warner Cable; seven of the top 10 mobile operator groups (by revenue) and leading technology companies such as Cisco, Google and Intel. These members serve over 390 million customers and have rolled out over 290,000 hotspots worldwide. They also work with international operators to drive innovation, deliver seamless connectivity and optimize network investments. The WBA Board includes AT&T, BT, Boingo, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, KT, NTT DOCOMO, Orange France, True Internet and Intel. www.wballiance.com