Saturday, August 16, 2008

iPass and IIJ Partner for Mobile Broadband in Japan
see also iPass mobile broadband

iPass Inc. , a global provider of services that unify the management of enterprise mobility, and Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ) (Nasdaq:IIJI) (Tokyo Stock Exchange TSE1: 3774), one of Japan's leading internet access and network solution providers, today announced that they have entered into a partnership agreement. The agreement will allow iPass to expand its Mobile Broadband service offering in Japan by adding the NTT DOCOMO and EMOBILE networks through IIJ's MVNO service. The iPass global customer base of over 3,500 enterprises, including more than 400 of the Forbes Global 2000, will now have an even greater choice of mobile connectivity in Japan.

Through this partnership, IIJ's MVNO service will enable iPass to offer Mobile Broadband services over the NTT DOCOMO and EMOBILE networks supported by HSDPA technology as new network options. iPass Mobile Broadband is an enhancement to the award-winning iPass Mobile Office service, which unifies the use and management of hundreds of remote and mobile networks, including mobile broadband in Asia, North America, and Europe, the world's largest Wi-Fi hotspot network of over 100,000 active locations as well as Ethernet and dial-up connectivity options. With iPass Mobile Office, multi-national corporations can economically deliver mobile productivity to their employees around the world through a single service.

"iPass is the established market leader for global enterprise mobility and was our obvious choice when looking for a partner in this field," said Hideshi Hojo, Managing Director, Sales Division of IIJ. "Enterprises need to cater for the requirements of a very heterogeneous group of mobile workers and for iPass to be able to offer various access technologies including a choice of mobile broadband networks in Japan will help meet these requirements. We are looking forward to working with iPass and equipping its customers with high-speed mobile broadband communications provided by our MVNO service with two distinctive mobile networks in Japan."

"This partnership with IIJ, one of Japan's leading MVNOs, will further solidify the mobile broadband presence of iPass in the critical Japanese market," said Chee Leng Loy, Managing Director of iPass Asia. "Some of the world's largest companies' count on iPass to keep their users connected, regardless of their location. With multiple nationwide mobile broadband services and over 27,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in Asia alone, we can offer business users a unique combination of coverage, simplicity and affordability."

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