SOURCE: iPass

November 13, 2007 04:00 ET

iPass Breaks 40,000 Wi-Fi Hotspot Barrier in Europe and Reaches 90,000 Locations Worldwide

Major Network Additions in France and the UK Add to Leading European Footprint

REDWOOD SHORES, CA--(Marketwire - November 13, 2007) - iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) a global provider of services that unify the management of enterprise mobility, today announced that it has surpassed 40,000 enterprise-grade Wi-Fi hotspots in Europe -- the largest footprint of any service provider -- and now offers broadband access in 31 European countries, from Ireland to Italy and Poland to Portugal. Major network additions in France and the UK drove iPass past the milestone. In addition to leading Europe in overall hotspots, iPass now counts more hotspots than any other provider in France, Germany and the UK. Around the world the iPass network comprises approximately 90,000 hotspots in 70 countries.

The five European countries where iPass offers its users the most Wi-Fi coverage, ranked by number of hotspots, are: United Kingdom (12,131), France (10,821), Germany (9,827), Switzerland (1,800) and the Netherlands (1,600). London is the best-covered city in Europe with 1,290 iPass- certified hotspots, followed by Paris, Berlin, Zurich and Munich. These statistics correspond to the trends illustrated by iPass' recent Wi-Fi Hotspot Index, which showed London as the worldwide leader in terms of session numbers and growth.

"We work tirelessly to provide our customers with the high levels of coverage that they need to effectively conduct business across Europe," said René Hendrikse, Managing Director EMEA, iPass. "Wi-Fi hotspots have become a preferred way for companies to connect their employees around the globe, and the iPass service allows companies to take advantage of this technology in a way that is secure, simple for users and cost-effective."

The expanded network coverage now includes:

--  186 airports across 19 countries including 18 of the top 20 European
    airports
--  13,635 hotels across 24 countries
--  471 convention centers across 13 countries
--  26,321 retail locations (restaurants, cafés, bookstores, etc.) across
    21 countries
    

The three busiest venues during October 2007 also followed previously reported trends, with airports yet again coming out as the most popular venue both in terms of session* numbers and session lengths. Europe's top three venues during the month were:

--  London Heathrow Airport, UK: 12,484 hours over 14,649 sessions
--  Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Netherlands: 3,941 hours over 7,851
    sessions
--  Frankfurt Airport, Germany: 2,869 hours over 4,673 sessions
    

Further information on specific in-country network coverage can be found at http://ipass.jiwire.com/.

About iPass Inc.

iPass helps enterprises unify the management of remote and mobile connectivity and devices. With iPass software and services, customers can create easy-to-use broadband solutions for their mobile workers, home offices, and branch and retail locations, complete with device management, security validation, and unified billing. iPass offerings are powered by its leading global virtual network, on-demand management platform, and award-winning client software. The iPass global virtual network unifies hundreds of wireless, broadband and dial-up providers in over 160 countries. Hundreds of Global 2000 companies rely on iPass services, including General Motors, Nokia, and Reuters. Founded in 1996, iPass is headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif., with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc.

* The term "session" refers to one user logging into a given location
  one or more times during a single day.

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