Devicescape announced a partnership today (5 July 2016) with voice and messaging app provider Norwood Systems, which sees the Devicescape Curated Virtual Network of shared Wi-Fi provide underlying connectivity for Norwood’s new ‘World Wi-Fi’ app.
Already serving millions of end users with a portfolio of market-leading voice and messaging apps, Norwood is launching World Wi-Fi to support and enhance its existing offering with intelligent connectivity.
Crowd-sourced by Devicescape-enabled smartphones, the Curated Virtual Network (CVN) drives rapid coverage and capacity growth mapped to the movement of end users. Norwood customers with the iOS and Android World Wi-Fi apps will benefit from automated access to the CVN’s 20 million, quality-managed access points across the globe.
The international focus of the new partnership is expected to further accelerate expansion of the worldwide CVN footprint outside existing Devicescape customer markets.
“As a company we believe the connectivity provided to end users, and the way it’s provided, are ripe for improvement. So we’re delighted to partner with Norwood on such a disruptive proposition, and excited about the growth it will bring to our network,” said Dave Fraser, CEO, Devicescape. “Much of the initiative in this increasingly competitive arena is being taken by non-traditional service providers, heaping pressure on incumbent operators to respond.”
Norwood is the first publicly announced Devicescape customer with an app-based telco proposition, a market expansion which complements Devicescape’s existing operator customer base.
The company said the partnership reflects both the unique versatility of the CVN as a strategic connectivity asset, and the increasing momentum and popularity enjoyed by non-traditional voice and messaging apps.
“World Wi-Fi will revolutionise the provision of Wi-Fi for travelling users,” said Paul Ostergaard, Norwood Systems’ CEO and founder. “Partnering with Devicescape gives us an unbeatable blend of reach and cost-efficiency, along with the reassurance that the network will continue to grow — and our customer experience continue to improve — the more our customers travel.”