REDWOOD SHORES, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 21, 2016) - iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), the leading provider of global mobile connectivity, today announced that AlwaysOn, the largest Wi-Fi provider in South Africa, will be using the iPass SmartConnect™ Software Development Kit (SDK) to offer customers free access to 44 million Wi-Fi hotspots, located in airports, airplanes, hotels and other public areas worldwide.
AlwaysOn is a subsidiary of Dimension Data and owns more than 2,500 hotspots across South Africa, which are already part of the iPass network. Using the iPass SDK, AlwaysOn is building a new branded application that will provide its customers with simple and secure global Wi-Fi access. By adding the iPass network to its domestic Wi-Fi offering, AlwaysOn will provide greater value to its subscribers and further differentiate itself in a competitive communications market.
"Our deeper partnership with AlwaysOn is a great example of how our SDK can help service providers build more engaging applications and offer greater value-add to their customers," said Mato Petrusic, vice president EMEA & APAC at iPass. "Service providers ultimately gain competitive advantage by adding the iPass network to their existing offerings, transforming local Wi-Fi into global Wi-Fi."
"The iPass SDK will enable us to take our customer offering to the next level, allowing our subscribers to get connected at millions of locations worldwide using a customer-optimized app," said Hayden Lamberti, managing director of AlwaysOn. "Our customers will now receive unlimited Wi-Fi wherever they are in the world, which will allow them to make payments for service and check their account status using the same AlwaysOn global Wi-Fi App."
About iPass Inc.
iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) is the leading provider of global mobile connectivity, offering simple, secure, always-on Wi-Fi access on any mobile device. Built on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, the iPass cloud-based service keeps its customers connected by providing unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity on unlimited devices. iPass is the world's largest Wi-Fi network, with more than 53 million hotspots in more than 120 countries, at airports, hotels, train stations, convention centers, outdoor venues, inflight, and more. Using patented technology, the iPass SmartConnect™ platform takes the guesswork out of Wi-Fi, automatically connecting customers to the best hotspot for their needs. Customers simply download the iPass app to experience unlimited, everywhere, and invisible Wi-Fi.
iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.
AlwaysOn was founded in November 2004 and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Internet Solutions (IS), a pan-African service provider. AlwaysOn, although part of IS, is run and managed as a separate entity with its own identity and goals in the consumer market. AlwaysOn is South Africa's largest public WiFi hotspot network and provides high-speed, reliable WiFi Internet access in hotels, restaurants, airports, shopping malls and more, seamlessly delivering up to 3 million connections a month.