October 15, 2008 08:00 ET

Prysmian Switches On iPass

Large Italian Multinational Finds That iPass Mobile Office Simplifies Mobility Management

MILAN, ITALY--(Marketwire - October 15, 2008) - iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) a global provider of services that unify the management of enterprise mobility, today announced that the Prysmian Group, a world leader in energy and communication cables and systems, has chosen iPass Mobile Office to provide mobile connectivity to its mobile workforce worldwide. A leading player in the industry of high-technology cables and systems for energy and telecommunications, Prysmian is a truly global company with more than 12,000 employees.

Prysmian evaluated iPass Mobile Office, benchmarking it against its existing remote access solution. The iPass service stood out for its usability and extensive global Wi-Fi footprint, which includes over 100,000 Wi-Fi hotspots and coverage in more than 80 of the world's top hundred airports by passenger traffic. Mobile Office also met Prysmian's need for a solution that would interoperate with internal and third-party applications.

"We are delighted to have made Prysmian another happy iPass customer, one of our first headquartered in Italy," stated Rene Hendrikse, managing director EMEA for iPass. "We pride ourselves on being able to leverage our long-standing expertise in enterprise mobility to meet the complex needs of worldwide leaders like Prysmian who are embracing the productivity benefits of mobile work."

A wide variety of users located all around the world use the iPass Mobile Office service at Prysmian, from IT staff to sales managers. Given the ease-of-use of the iPassConnect™ mobility manager interface, no specific training was required. Once the technical roll out was completed, Prysmian mobile users were ready to go. Prysmian is planning a further service extension to include smart phones and PDAs.

"The transition to iPass was extremely smooth, and in a very limited timeframe, we were able to provide Wi-Fi connectivity to our end users worldwide," recalls Holger Lesch, IT Project Manager at Prysmian. "We have operations in 36 countries, and our users need to access business-critical information and to communicate easily with colleagues, customers and partners from all over the world. With iPass we found a platform that we can always rely on."

"The ability to manage all connections from a central console and to track them for administrative purposes has also been of significant value. From our IT center in Milan, we have complete visibility into all connections, which streamlines and optimizes our managerial tasks," said Lesch. "Prysmian has enjoyed a strong partnership with iPass throughout the implementation period and beyond. The relationship is proving to be very open and positive, as they have been very flexible in addressing all our requests. We feel we are genuinely treated like valued customers."

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. Ipas® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc.

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