Telstra and iPass Extend Partnership With International Wireless Hotspot Roaming Agreement
Hundreds of business critical locations including Sydney and Melbourne urban hotzones join iPass Global Broadband Roaming network
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. and SYDNEY, Australia — 1 August 2006 — Telstra and iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) today announced a new international roaming agreement that provides iPass customers with immediate access to approximately 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across Australia.
For iPass customers, the agreement means they can now access more than 60,000 available hotspots in 160 countries. In Australia, Telstra Wireless Hotspot is the country’s leading provider of secure and reliable wireless broadband internet access ensuring iPass customers have the access they need while travelling ’Down Under’.
The international roaming agreement builds on the exclusive, three-year Telstra Remote Working Solutions arrangement announced in November 2005 which integrates the iPass global access footprint and suite of security services with Telstra’s extensive range of domestic access technologies to offer a single secure Remote Working Solution.
Lynda O’Grady, Managing Director, Convergent Solutions & Sales, Telstra Enterprise and Government said Telstra Wireless Hotspot was developed to meet the needs of business professionals through a network of premium location partners covering much of the central business districts of Sydney and Melbourne, as well as selected areas in the capital cities of Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth and Hobart.
“Wireless technologies can have a major impact on the business community by enabling employees to work more productively and with greater flexibility,” she said. “Telstra Wireless Hotspot offers customers reliable and quality wireless coverage in key points of presence so they can work efficiently when outside the office.”
In addition to Australia’s main business and financial hubs, network coverage extends to 22 Qantas airport lounges, including coverage in the international airports of Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne, as well as selected hotels, McDonald’s restaurants and Starbucks coffee houses around the country.
Telstra’s wireless hotspots went through the rigorous iPass Enterprise Ready certification process before they were integrated into the iPass Global Broadband Roaming Network. This ensures the hotspots meet quality and reliability standards as well as interoperability with common policy and security tools that business customers use.
Anurag Lal, Senior Vice President of Strategic Services and Business Development, iPass commented: “Our global corporate customers want help executing their mobility strategies, including the delivery of global high-performance access to their mobile workers. In response, over the last two years iPass has grown its network presence from 10,000 to over 60,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, spread evenly across the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific Rim. As the leading Wi-Fi network in Australia, Telstra Wireless Hotspot significantly strengthens iPass’ presence in the country, helping mobile workers conduct business conveniently without undue support or management burdens”.
Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications carrier and a world-class fully integrated, full service provider across wireline, ADSL, HFC, satellite and digital wireless networks and platforms. Telstra has more than 10 million household, business and wholesale customers. Telstra’s BigPond™ is Australia’s leading ISP. Telstra has the most highly accessed family of internet portals and sites and provides entertainment and multimedia content over its broadband network and through its Pay-TV joint venture, FOXTEL®.
Telstra owns and operates one of the most technologically advanced networks, offering end-to-end solutions ranging from broadband, IP, mobile and intelligent network services, to voice and data network hubs, call centres, and advanced multimedia and e-commerce applications. It has business operations in the Asia-Pacific region, North America, the UK and Europe.
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About iPass Inc.
iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) delivers simple and manageable enterprise mobility services that help maximize the productivity of workers as they move between office, home and remote locations. iPass connectivity services utilize the iPass global virtual network, a unified network of hundreds of dial-up, wireless and broadband providers in over 160 countries. iPass services are the choice of hundreds of Global 2000 corporations including Reuters, General Motors and Hershey Foods. Founded in 1996, iPass is headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif., with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
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