KDDI Corporation, Japan’s second largest mobile operator, and Wire and Wireless Co (Wi2), a major provider of end-to-end wireless LAN services in Japan, are now offering their subscribers a global Wi-Fi data roaming service that utilizes the iPass Mobile Network—the world’s largest commercial Wi-Fi network.
iPass has also announced the launch of the dtac wifi roaming solution from dtac, a leading mobile network operator in Thailand. iPass Open Mobile Exchange (iPass OMX) and the iPass Mobile Network provide the technology underpinnings for the new dtac package from Deutsche Telekom's Wi-Fi Mobilize offering.
In the Japanese deal, the au Wi-Fi SPOT is a service that lets KDDI’s 30 million subscribers access Wi-Fi in Japan and over 100 overseas countries in North America, Asia, and Europe, allowing easy high speed internet connections on smartphones with the au Wi-Fi Connection Tool.
‘KDDI and Wi2 recognize the consumer demand and strategic benefit of Wi-Fi as a complementary service to 3G and 4G as their customers travel outside of Japan,’ said Steve Livingston, iPass senior vice president of carrier development. ‘iPass OMX offers a competitive advantage to service providers that centers on revenue generation and customer retention. It presents a new value proposition for both CDMA and GSM service providers beyond their own networks using iPass, the largest independent Wi-Fi carrier network in the world.’
In Thailand, iPass Open Mobile Exchange (iPass OMX) and the iPass Mobile Network will provide the technology underpinnings for the new dtac package from Deutsche Telekom's Wi-Fi Mobilize offering.
With more than 23 million subscribers, dtac is now able to offer its customers a seamless global Wi-Fi service on Android smartphones and tablets along with the iPhone and iPad.
‘dtac leads the roaming market with a peace-of-mind experience strategy in 2012, by launching a data roaming service for our customers when they travel,’ said Petter Pedersen, Division Head - Corporate & International Business, dtac. ‘Our smartphone travelers can access internet abroad with no more bill shock from the new data roaming offers for all roaming networks used in 50 countries, and enjoy fast speed with unlimited volume from dtac wifi roaming in 120 countries worldwide.’
iPass OMX provides mobile carriers with access to the world’s largest commercial Wi-Fi network. Through a single interface, iPass connects more than 140 Wi-Fi network operators with certified WISPr interoperability in 120 countries and territories worldwide.
iPass was founded in 1996 and delivers the world’s largest commercial-grade Wi-Fi network and connectivity platform with more than 780,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across 120 countries and territories.