Continental AG Accelerates Mobility Strategy with ETT and iPass
5,000 mobile workers empowered with leading mobility solution
London, UK — 12th October, 2006 — ETT, a UK and Germany-based data communications integrator, and iPass, a global provider of services that unify mobility management, today announced a major three-year contract with Continental AG, one of the world’s leading automotive industry suppliers. The contract involves the global management and provisioning of secure remote access connectivity through the iPass Mobile Office service to 5,000 mobile workers at Continental AG.
The main driver behind Continental AG’s decision was the desire to consolidate several different access solutions being used across the company into one unified mobility platform worldwide. The company wanted a solution that could provide a simple user experience combined with high performance and seamless integration with its VPN solution.
Hans-Peter Schober, Head of Networks and Communication at Continental AG says: “As a global company with a high percentage of mobile workers, having simple and reliable access to the Internet is vital to our productivity and efficiency. We were impressed with the professionalism and expertise which ETT demonstrated and the technical skills they displayed to meet our precise requirements. After choosing the iPass service for its usability, reliability and strong Wi-Fi footprint, we identified ETT as one of the most flexible and committed partners.”
ETT has provided Continental AG with a solution that combines the iPass Mobile Office, which seamlessly integrates access to the world’s largest virtual network, including over 62,000 Wi-Fi hotspots and 3G mobile data, with local home broadband services and Continental AG’s own corporate and third-party connectivity services.
In addition to implementing the iPass solution, ETT will operate six large virtual private network (VPN) gateways on behalf of Continental AG, located across Europe, Asia and the United States together with Cisco clients for all users to terminate mobile traffic into these VPNs.
According to Chris Britton, ETT’s chief executive: “ETT’s ability to deliver a streamlined, one-stop-shop solution to Continental AG was another critical factor in winning the contract. Being able to provide the convenience of a single point of contact for everything from customer support to billing was seen as a key advantage.”
The announcement marks the culmination of a successful long-term association between the two companies. It follows an extensive trial period involving hundreds of users across Germany, supported by dedicated local language account team and service management from ETT’s Düsseldorf-based sales office.
“For Continental AG, enabling secure mobile connectivity for their employees worldwide is critical to their business and having a consistent and easy to use solution is the key requirement for this project”, said Florian Schiebl, Managing Director, iPass Deutschland GmbH. “Our collaboration with ETT is making for a formidable partnership. This deal is a testament to their technical expertise and deep understanding of the enterprise market.”
Founded in 1998, European Telecommunications and Technology (ETT) is an independent technology and data service integrator providing bespoke enterprise network solutions for multinational companies. The company enjoys sound financial backing, supported by major institutional investors: August Equity, Esprit Capital Partners, Elderstreet and Nova Capital. It is committed to working on behalf of its customers to provide clear, simple answers to complex communication problems and ensuring client delight through the integration of quality services, an area in which it has a wealth of experience. In this way, it provides innovative and technologically advanced solutions that enable its clients to realise the full potential of an internationally liberalising telecommunications marketplace. For more information, visit the ETT web site: http://www.et-t.net.
About iPass Inc.
iPass helps enterprises unify the management of remote and mobile connectivity and devices. With iPass software and services, customers can create easy-to-use broadband solutions for their mobile workers, home offices, and branch and retail locations, complete with device management, security validation, and unified billing. iPass offerings are powered by its leading global virtual network, on-demand management platform, and award-winning client software. Hundreds of Global 2000 companies rely on iPass services, including General Motors, Nokia, and Reuters. Founded in 1996, iPass is headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif., with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc.
About Continental AG
The Continental Corporation is one of the world’s leading automotive industry suppliers offering comprehensive know-how in tire and brake technology, vehicle dynamics control, electronics and sensor systems with the aim of making individual mobility safer and more comfortable. Around 85,000 employees at present work at more than 200 locations (manufacturing facilities, research centres and test tracks) in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK and the USA. The corporation is organised into four divisional areas for passenger and light truck tyres, commercial vehicle tyres, automotive systems and ContiTech. The company manufactures tyres for cars, commercial vehicles and two-wheelers, hydraulic and electronic brake systems (ESC, ABS, TCS), electronic air suspension systems and hybrid drives. Alongside products for the automotive industry power transmission systems and suspension mounts. The ContiTech division also manufactures products for machine engineering and mining and for the furniture and print industries.
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