iPass and Wi2,
To Start Roaming Partnership in Japan
iPass Inc.(headquartered in Redwood Shores, CA., USA ; president: Evan Kaplan ; hereinafter "iPass") and Wire and Wireless Co., Ltd(headquartered in Tokyo, Japan; president: Masao Hibino; hereinafter "Wi2") today announced a roaming partnership. This new roaming service will allow iPass customers to use Wi-Fi connectivity in service areas of "Wi2 300", public wireless LAN service provided by Wi2.
According to" iPass Mobile Broadband Index" (First half of 2008) announced by iPass in September 2008, Tokyo ranked as the world's third busiest city in terms of Wi-Fi use behind London and Singapore and the usage is expected to increase.
Wi2 provides its public wireless LAN service "Wi2 300" at approximately 7,000 hotspots including Wi2's own hotspots and roaming areas (BB mobilepoint and Livedoor Wireless). Thanks to this roaming with Wi2, iPass customers are able to enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity at Wi2's own area such as Marunouchi (three buildings of Marunouchi Building, Shin-Marunouchi Building and Marunouchi Oazo) , Yokohama Bay area ( Yokohama Stadium, Motomachi, Red Brick Warehouse, Isesakicho, and Chinatown), and limousine buses en route to and from Narita/Haneda airports. "Wi2 300" is aimed to be conveniently used not only by Japanese but also foreign visitors. Especially, more than half of users are foreigners in limousine bus and Wi2 pays attention to high demand for Wi-Fi of foreign people. iPass has a solid customer base of over 3,500 global enterprise customers; Japanese or Foreign enterprise with offices in Tokyo, or the enterprise whose employees frequently make business trip to Tokyo. These new Wi2 Wi-Fi hotspots are already available to iPass customers.
Augustine Ler, Senior Manager for Asia Pacific Supplier Relationships commented: "Japan is a key business destination for our global customer base and we are always looking at new providers to further expand our global Wi-Fi network. With over 140,000 Wi-Fi locations available to its customers, iPass offers unparalleled connectivity around the world today."
Wi2 will generate new use scenarios through promotion of its wireless platforms while expanding its lineup of entertaining content. Wi2 expects that wireless broadband including Wireless LAN will fit into different lifestyles.
Founded in 1996 iPass (NASDAQ:IPAS) is a leading provider of enterprise mobility services with 3,500 customers, including more than 370 of the Forbes Global 2000.The company's mission is to be enterprise's champion in the world of mobility by providing services that simply, smartly and openly facilitate access from any device on any network, while providing the visibility and control necessary to support the demands of the enterprise customer. For more information, visit www.iPass.com or follow iPass on Twitter at www.twitter.com/iPass.
Wi2 300 is a wireless broadband internet service offered by Wi2. Laptop computers, iPhones and other devices with Wi-Fi capabilities can easily access the service. It is available at 7000 wireless LAN spots nationwide, including the Marunouchi area (Maru Bldg., Shin Maru Bldg., Marunouchi Oazo), shuttle buses to and from Narita and Haneda airports, and roaming areas (BB Mobilepoint and Livedoor Wireless).
For more information check http://300.wi2.co.jp/
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Wire and Wireless Co., Ltd.