SOURCE: iPass

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September 28, 2009 08:00 ET

iPass Offers Increased Connectivity Options in Ireland

Partnership With eircom Ensures Business Travellers Avoid the 3G International Roaming Sting While on the Emerald Isle

REDWOOD SHORES, CA--(Marketwire - September 28, 2009) - iPass® Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), a leading provider of enterprise mobility services, today announced it has partnered with Ireland's largest telecommunications supplier, eircom, which will be giving iPass customers access to over 1,000 Wi-Fi® hotspots around Ireland through the iPass Mobile Office™ service. The partnership was formed in response to enterprise customer demand for coverage in and around Ireland's major cities and airports including Dublin, Cork and Limerick.

iPass customers are already accustomed to widely available and reliable wired and wireless connectivity, without having to pay international roaming charges, and the addition of eircom's hotspots will ensure that those same prerequisites are well catered to in Ireland as well. Likely to be the most popular location, Dublin Airport currently ranks among the 10 busiest airports in Europe, welcoming well over 20 million passengers each year. Other locations around Ireland will include hotels, cafés, public hotspots and entertainment venues such as racetracks.

iPass Mobile Office unifies mobility management over any Internet connection to optimize mobile access as well as control the cost of mobility, including significantly reducing 3G data roaming costs outside of the home country.

"eircom is committed to bringing the highest quality wireless Internet to its customers and partners. With iPass, people coming to Ireland will be able to conveniently log on and get high-speed, reliable Internet access no matter where they are, be it coffee shops, train stations, pubs or airports -- especially Dublin Airport, the largest in Ireland," said Eamonn Condon, head of broadband operations, eircom.

Before becoming fully integrated, the eircom hotspot network will complete the iPass Enterprise Ready certification process. This involves testing the hotspots for high availability as well as interoperability with policy and security tools, including a comprehensive range of virtual private networks, personal firewalls and anti-virus software packages.

"Demand for business-grade connectivity throughout Ireland has grown substantially within our multinational customer base," commented Azadar Shah, sales director, UK & Ireland, iPass. "As the largest operator in Ireland, eircom is of clear value to iPass and we are thrilled to add them to the exhaustive list of world-class operators who have joined the iPass network."

iPass Mobile Office, with iPassConnect™ as its unified user interface, now also offers broad device support ranging from Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Apple Mac to Windows Mobile, Symbian smartphones and most recently, the iPhone, iPod Touch and BlackBerry devices. This will enable organizations to standardize on this single service worldwide and eliminate expensive-to-manage patchwork of local, regional and individual solutions, further lowering IT costs. The iPass Wi-Fi footprint, already the world's largest, encompasses close to 140,000 business-ready broadband venues, including 555 airports and more than 137,000 Wi-Fi hotspots.

About iPass Inc.

iPass helps enterprises and individuals unify the management of remote and mobile connectivity. With iPass software and services, enterprise customers can create easy-to-use wireless and broadband solutions for their mobile workers, home offices, and branch and retail locations, complete with web-based management, security validation, and unified billing. Mobile Individuals get global business-class connectivity in a simple and affordable package. iPass offerings are powered by its leading global virtual network, award-winning mobility manager software, and in-the-cloud platform. The iPass global virtual network unifies hundreds of wireless, broadband and dial-up providers in over 175 countries. Hundreds of Global 2000 companies rely on iPass services, including Ford, Nokia, and Proctor and Gamble. Founded in 1996, iPass is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit us at www.iPass.com.

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About eircom Ltd.

eircom is the leading provider of telecommunications services in Ireland. The company has over 1.2 million fixed-line voice customers and more than 660,000 broadband customers. eircom provides a comprehensive range of advanced voice, data and internet services to the residential, business and enterprise markets. eircom also owns Meteor Mobile, Ireland's third largest mobile phone company with more than one million customers. eircom was purchased by Australian firm eircom Holdings Ltd. (formerly Babcock and Brown Capital Ltd.) together with the eircom Employee Share Ownership Trust (ESOT) in August 2006. With almost 7,000 employees, eircom is one of Ireland's largest employers. Subsidiaries include: eircom PhoneWatch, LAN Communications.

IPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc. iPassConnect™ and iPass Mobile Office™ are trademarks of iPass Inc. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

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