iPass Hits Hotspot HomeRun with TeliaSonera Partnership
Company quickly surpasses 20,000 hours of Wi-Fi usage across footprint of leading Nordic and Baltic locations
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. — August 2008 — iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), a global provider of services that unify the management of enterprise mobility, today announced it has recently seen its 20,000th hour of Wi-Fi usage on the TeliaSonera HomeRun Wi-Fi network which covers Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Lithuania. iPass began activating the network this spring after signing a roaming agreement with TeliaSonera, the leading telecommunications company in the Nordic and Baltic regions. Since April of this year, iPass users have been able to connect seamlessly to more than 1,800 hotspots as the venues have rolled into the iPass roaming network.
TeliaSonera HomeRun’s hotspot venues in airports, railway stations, hotels, conference centers, vehicle service areas and cafés, provide businesspeople with reliable methods of connection, wherever their travels may take them. iPass users are already making use of the new hotspots across the region, which went live in April, with Sweden and Finland proving to be the most popular countries. Hotels accounted for more than half of the total connections with key locations including SAS Radisson, Best Western, First Hotel, Holiday Inn, Ibis and Sokos. The most popular hotel was the Quality Hotel in Gothenburg, Sweden, recording more than 500 hours of connectivity.
Other locations included Wayne’s Coffee houses and more than 20 domestic and international airports, including Helsinki’s Malmi and Vantaa airports, as well as Tampere-Pirkkala International Airport which provides access to Finland’s southwestern region. Stockholm’s international airport proved to be most popular with users connecting not only within the terminal itself, but also within the terminal’s train station.
As with all of iPass’ roaming partner networks, before becoming fully integrated, TeliaSonera HomeRun hotspots went through the iPass Enterprise Ready certification process. This involved testing the hotspots for high availability as well as interoperability with policy and security tools, including a comprehensive range of virtual private networks, personal firewalls and anti-virus software packages. iPass currently provides customers with access to more than 50,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in Europe and more than 100,000 worldwide.
“The Nordic and Baltic regions are becoming ever more popular with business travelers,” said René Hendrikse, Managing Director EMEA, iPass. “We are delighted that iPass has become TeliaSonera’s first software-based inbound roaming partner, and thrilled with the success we have had in the region with blue-chip enterprise customers such as Nokia, Scania and the Volvo Group.”
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