iPass and Nokia develop Wi-Fi connectivity client for Nokia business mobile devices
Nokia connects its own people with iPass
May 02, 2006, Redwood Shores, CA, USA / Espoo, Finland - iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) and Nokia Enterprise Solutions today announced they are developing iPass wireless connectivity software for the Nokia 9500, the Nokia 9300i and the Nokia Eseries devices. Based on the award-winning iPassConnect(TM) universal client, this software will extend availability of the iPass secure remote access service to users of Nokia Business devices.
In addition, Nokia began a user pilot of the iPass Corporate Access service, ahead of a planned company-wide roll-out around the world later this quarter. Through iPass service, Nokia plans to provide its remote and mobile employees with secure and reliable connectivity to company resources via the Internet.
The collaboration will initially focus on the development of a wireless connectivity client for select Nokia mobile business devices running on Series 80 and S60 software platforms. The client for the Nokia 9300i and the Nokia 9500 is expected to be available by the summer, while the client for the Nokia Eseries devices is scheduled for availability by the end of 2006. This will allow users of Nokia devices to access the world’s largest Wi-Fi network, provided by iPass, for the first time. The iPassConnect client is also available for Windows, Mac OS and Windows Mobile operating systems.
“It goes without saying that remote and mobile working come as second nature to Nokia customers and employees,” said Susan Macke, vice president, product marketing, Enterprise Solutions, Nokia. “We recognize that ubiquitous connectivity and a simple and easy-to-use way of accessing resources remotely is paramount. The iPass service delivers intuitive wireless connectivity for Nokia business devices. Customers may conveniently and securely connect from thousands of global Wi-Fi access locations at premium business locations such as airports, hotels and convention centers,” she added.
Users of the Wi-Fi enabled Nokia mobile business devices will be able to join the hundreds of thousands of active quarterly iPass users who can securely connect to the Internet and key corporate applications from approximately 50,000 Wi-Fi venues worldwide. The iPass service enables business users with PC’s and Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones to securely access critical line of business applications and maximise their productivity, on the road, at home or in the office.
“Working with the world’s leading mobile communications company is a strong validation of our strategy of a single universal service for all remote and mobile access. It marks a positive entry for us into the smart phone arena, and we believe that the iPass client software is ideally suited to deliver the simplicity and security that these devices require,” said Joel Wachtler, senior vice president of marketing and strategy, iPass. “We are looking forward to expanding our cooperation with Nokia so that users of the Nokia mobile business devices can enhance productivity, regardless of their location, through the iPass global Wi-Fi hotspot network,” he added.
iPass Corporate Access gives remote and mobile workers a safe and simple way to connect to the Internet from over 160 countries around the world with dial, ISDN, wired and wireless broadband connectivity. At the same time as integrating with existing security systems and technologies, it offers a full range of services including centralised policy-based management and end-to-end security enforcement that allow IT managers to maintain control over how users connect to the Internet without jeopardising key corporate assets.
About iPass Inc.
iPass provides trusted connectivity services that help enterprises maximize their return on investment in workforce mobility. With flexible iPass connectivity, security and endpoint management services, customers can build and manage their own broadband remote access solutions for mobile workers, branch offices and home offices. The iPass virtual network spans 160 countries and includes both the world’s largest Wi-Fi footprint and comprehensive fixed broadband coverage in North America.
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.
iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc.
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