Wi-Fi roaming leader for enterprises and telecom service providers, announced today that Etisalat (ADX: ETISALAT) – the Middle East’s largest telecom operator with over 167 million subscribers in its markets – has joined the iPass Open Mobile Exchange (iPass OMX) to offer their consumer and enterprise customers a global Wi-Fi data roaming service.
With frequent international journeys, business travelers and families in the Middle East will be able to use their smartphones and tablets to get connected at over a million Wi-Fi hotspots in the global iPass network, at more affordable rates, fast connection speeds and more convenience.
“Etisalat is one of the global telecommunication industry’s innovation pacesetters. I am pleased we can increasingly use our Group-wide strength to give our partner operators access to new services demanded by customers,” said Essa AlHaddad, Chief Commercial Officer – Etisalat Group. “By joining the iPass Open Mobile Exchange, Etisalat will enable our customers to move around the world with a new cost-effective way of staying in touch with their businesses, family and friends.”
“As the Middle East’s largest telecom operator, Etisalat continues to lead in innovation and the company’s technological expertise has helped it secure subscribers across the Middle East, Africa and Asia,” said Steve Livingston, iPass senior vice president of carrier development. “The iPass Open Mobile Exchange allows Etisalat to bring a global Wi-Fi roaming solution into their product portfolio supported by the world’s largest Wi-Fi network that could alter the way their consumers roam abroad in the future.”
Etisalat operates in 16 countries with over 167 million subscribers. The company initially expects to roll out the new service in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Nigeria in 2012, followed by other operating companies in their regions.
About iPass OMX
iPass OMX is the world's largest commercial Wi-Fi Roaming and Exchange platform for telecom service providers that supplies connections to the world’s largest commercial Wi-Fi network. Through a single interface, iPass connects over 140 Wi-Fi network operators with certified WISPr interoperability in 113 countries and territories worldwide. iPass is a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance and a board member of the Wireless Broadband Alliance. Additional information about iPass Open Mobile Exchange is available at http://www.ipass.com
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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