Devicescape has announced a strategic partnership with Wi-Fi aggregator iPass. The deal will see Devicescape’s Curated Virtual Network (CVN) integrated into iPass’s global network offering. The agreement unites substantial commercial and public Wi-Fi resources, creating a global network of 50 million Wi-Fi locations.
The network integration will enable iPass to deliver access on ‘an unprecedented scale and fundamentally changes the way Wi-Fi connectivity is provided’, according to the two companies.
The CVN, a crowd-sourced network of more than 20 million Amenity Wi-Fi locations worldwide, is a connectivity asset offering strategic benefits to a growing range of connectivity service providers, including mobile operators, MVNOs and Wi-Fi First operators.
Commercial and public Wi-Fi are viewed by some within the communications industry as competing resources, and therefore fundamentally incompatible. The two companies argue this is a flawed view and that the value of the combined approach is that it provides a service that exploits the characteristics of both. It also reinforces the logic of extending the approach to the mobile network.
Devicescape already enables its operator customers to manage disparate network assets as a unified resource. It champions a ‘Connectivity First’ service model that allows operators to blend cellular with commercial, public and private Wi-Fi into a service that delivers whatever connectivity is best suited to the end user’s immediate circumstances — managed at all times for quality. Connectivity First puts consistency — rather than one particular technology — at the heart of the end user experience.
“No single network in isolation can deliver the quality and consistency of connectivity that end users require,” said Dave Fraser, CEO, Devicescape. “We are thrilled to be contributing our Curated Virtual Network to this ambitious undertaking, not least because it is so well aligned with our Connectivity First philosophy.”
The partnership expands Devicescape’s activity in the enterprise market — in which iPass has a dominant presence — and makes a combined commercial and public Wi-Fi component available to the full range of service providers and network operators. In addition, deployment of the CVN by iPass will further accelerate expansion of the crowd-sourced network, expanding the global reach of both companies.