iPass, Friday announced that it has expanded its global Wi-Fi network footprint to 13 million hotspots across 120 countries, largely fuelled by the proliferation of home hubs and community hotspots. The company has also seen its partners making significant investments in building out their Wi-Fi networks in the last 12 months, which in turn has enabled iPass to substantially increase its Wi-Fi footprint.
iPass said that over 700 global companies use this network to keep their business travellers connected. In addition, iPass continues to provide the most comprehensive in-flight Wi-Fi service in the world, with Wi-Fi access on more than 20 airlines up from 9 airlines just one year ago, including Delta, United, American Airlines, Lufthansa, Etihad and Singapore Airlines. iPass also provides on-board Wi-Fi connectivity on over 800 passenger trains, such as ICE in Germany, DSB in Denmark, Virgin Trains in the UK and many other rail brands throughout Europe and Japan.
"We are proud to have innovative partners likes Comcast, China Mobile and Orange who have invested in building out premium Wi-Fi networks globally. Their investments in community hotspots and home hubs have increased the iPass network substantially. The pace of Wi-Fi hotspot proliferation is not abating and a roamable, global alternative network of 100 million hotspots will become a reality in the foreseeable future."
- Evan Kaplan, president and CEO of iPass
"iPass sits at the hub of the Wi-Fi ecosystem and we are seeing increasing diversity in our network partners. Organizations ranging from platform players to independent coffee shops see strong business opportunities in making Wi-Fi available to customers, while major telecoms operators are investing heavily in their Wi-Fi rollouts. The proliferation of devices, especially tablets, the majority of which are Wi-Fi only, has increased users' appetites for Wi-Fi. These devices are being used way beyond typical business travel locations like hotels and airports. We've watched this trend flourish and have responded by working with partners to broaden our footprint in places such as urban outdoor areas, trains and airplanes."
- Marcio Avillez, Vice President of network services, iPass