Telecom Service Providers Waking Up to Global Wi-Fi Roaming,
According to iPass CEO
15 Disruptive Service Providers Around the World With Nearly a
Billion Mobile Subscribers Have Partnered With the Largest Global
Wi-Fi Roaming Network, iPass
REDWOOD SHORES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/29/12 -- iPass Inc.
(NASDAQ: IPAS), chief executive officer Evan Kaplan reporting on the
state of Wi-Fi in the telecom operator industry said today: "Mobile
carriers are waking up to the power of global Wi-Fi roaming and the
competitive advantage it offers. While Wi-Fi is in its early years,
15 telecom service providers worldwide are pioneering its growth and
the signs are incredibly encouraging for explosive growth in this
Even though the public discussion on mobile operator Wi-Fi has
previously centered on cost-savings offered by domestic mobile data
offload, global Wi-Fi roaming has the ability to generate revenue.
iPass has a unique vantage point in the telecom industry and the
ability for service providers to deliver both consumers and the
enterprise global Wi-Fi roaming connectivity is set to be an inherent
part of their subscriber features in the future.
"The 15 service providers that have signed up to offer global Wi-Fi
roaming have a combined mobile subscriber base of 974 million people
worldwide. With high-value customers demanding Wi-Fi roaming, these
service providers are seizing the initiative to provide the benefits
of a global Wi-Fi network," said Kaplan.
With the increasing number of international business travelers using
multiple mobile devices -- including non-SIM devices -- to data roam,
various service providers are looking at Wi-Fi to serve the needs of
these high-value customers. "Mobile is everything; it has changed how
people communicate and work. Wi-Fi is global in nature and these
service providers recognize that they are in highly competitive
industry. Providing convenient and cost effective connectivity
options all around the globe for their high-value customers is going
to be the next big differentiator," said Kaplan. "We're breaking a
religious barrier by enabling carriers to bundle services to support
the needs of their customers who carry both SIM and non-SIM devices
that are Wi-Fi enabled."
A recent indust
ry report from Juniper Research indicated revenues
generated from mobile roaming will hit more than $80 billion by 2017.
"There is an increasing opportunity for telecom operators to enhance
their roaming revenues and profit margins via Wi-Fi networks," said
report author Nitin Bhas. "These revenues will largely be driven by
increasing data usage and mobile operators are looking at global
Wi-Fi as a way to protect their post-paid, high-value customers that
are demanding Wi-Fi, especially when they travel overseas."
With 1,137,695 Wi-Fi hotspots in 113 countries and territories
worldwide, iPass has nearly doubled the number of hotspots in its
Wi-Fi network since the beginning of 2012 and expects its network to
hit two million Wi-Fi hotspots by the end of 2013. "We are building
the largest Wi-Fi ecosystem in the world and operators in Asia and
the Middle East are taking an early lead in shaping how people roam
today and in the future," said Steve Livingston, iPass senior vice
president of carrier development.
Both Zain and Etisalat in the Middle East and China Telecom and China
Mobile are using the iPass Open Mobile Exchange as a foundation for
their global Wi-Fi data roaming service; along with SK Telecom in
South Korea, dtac in Thailand and KDDI in Japan there is a surging
Wi-Fi expansion throughout Asia. Additionally, Oi, South America's
largest mobile operator has joined the exchange and is building the
largest Wi-Fi network in Brazil. With a nexus of forces driven by
cloud computing and mobility causing an ever-increasing need for
global Wi-Fi, iPass is starting to see carriers thinking of Wi-Fi
roaming as an inherent part of their mobility services that
subscribers will expect as a feature rather than an add-on service.
Wi-Fi standards such as the Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) from the
Wireless Broadband Alliance and the Wi-Fi certified Passpoint program
from the Wi-Fi Alliance are a welcome evolution according to iPass.
"NGH and Passpoint are critical to remove the friction inherent in
the seamless mobile connection process today as it will improve the
user experience," said Livingston. "iPass is helping lead these
discussions on defining and driving the future of Wi-Fi and these
initiatives speak to the core value proposition of iPass. The network
that iPass has built enables operators to bridge the gap from today's
Wi-Fi into the future and beyond."
As Wi-Fi standards continue
to progress and improve the user's
experience, iPass is strongly positioned both today and in the
future. The company's global Wi-Fi presence is unsurpassed and their
technical integration and expertise over the last 12 years with more
than 140 global Wi-Fi networks provides iPass a significant
advantage, especially as Wi-Fi uses a different infrastructure to
"Consumers are very sensitive about expensive data roaming charges
but with Wi-Fi people are used to daily, flat-rate or time based
billing versus consumption usage," said Kaplan. "As both mobile and
fixed-line operators now have an opportunity to get into the global
Wi-Fi roaming business, iPass is there to help operators derive
greater wallet share from mobile customers. Whether it's a smartphone
or a non-SIM device they can use our Wi-Fi network virtually wherever
they are in the world."
An early pioneer in the creation of the global broadband roaming
market, iPass delivered the industry's first broadband roaming
service that gave business travelers simplified, high-speed and
secure remote access to their corporate networks. iPass is a board
member of the Wireless Broadband Alliance and co-author of the WISPr
1.0 protocol, a standard that defines how smart clients can access
For more information about global Wi-Fi roaming visit:
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 one million Wi-Fi hotspots across 113 countries and
territories, iPass gives its customers always-on, frictionless
connectivity anywhere in the world -- simply, securely and
cost-effectively. Additional information is available at
www.iPass.com or on Smarter Connections, the iPass blog.
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