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iPass Wi-Fi Network Gets Its Wings with Connexion by Boeing
Posted: 22-Aug-2004 [Source: iPass]

[Software company, iPass, to offer wireless web connectivity on planes within six months using Boeing's satelitte connectivity.]

Redwood Shores, Calif. & Seattle -- Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company, and iPass Inc. announced an agreement to deliver iPass enterprise customers secure in-flight Wi-Fi Internet connectivity. Through the agreement iPass users will have access to the Connexion by Boeing(SM) mobile Internet service through the iPass Global Broadband Roaming network. Now, enterprise IT managers and CIOs can provide their mobile workers with a near-seamless, high-speed wireless experience to manage their time at hotels, airports and now on airplanes -- more productively. This agreement marks Connexion by Boeing's first contracted Wi-Fi enterprise access provider.

Connexion by Boeing, the only real-time, high-speed connectivity service available to commercial airline passengers and iPass, which operates the world's largest Wi-Fi roaming network with over 11,000 active hotspots in 33 countries, complement each other perfectly. Through the iPass Global Broadband Roaming (GBR) network and the Connexion by Boeing service, the more than 528,000 distinct monthly iPass users will be able to connect to their corporate networks, send and receive emails with attachments, access files and business applications and surf the entire Internet while in the air. This partnership combines two great services to benefit the enterprise and the corporate "road warrior," changing the way business is conducted on the road and, now, in the air.

"Wi-Fi, for business travelers, will rival extra legroom as a 'must-have' airline amenity," said John Yunker, an analyst with Byte Level Research. "iPass and Connexion by Boeing make a good fit. Connexion by Boeing provides Wi-Fi in the sky while iPass provides start-to-finish connectivity for the business traveler across thousands of locations."

Connexion by Boeing has agreements with major air carriers that operate at airports serviced by iPass including Copenhagen Airport, Narita/New Tokyo Airport and Changi Airport. In total, iPass offers broadband access at 121 airports in 21 countries -- including 49 of the world's busiest as measured by passenger volume, making the Connexion by Boeing service an important link in a continually growing chain of broadband connectivity designed for mobile enterprise users.

The Connexion by Boeing network will now enter the iPass Enterprise Ready certification program, where it will be certified by iPass as Enterprise Ready by passing a rigorous testing regimen to ensure service availability, as well as interoperability with policy and security tools, such as virtual private networks, personal firewalls and virus protection.

Anurag Lal, vice president of business development at iPass said, "The iPass and Connexion relationship brings the industry closer to the ultimate goal of anywhere, anytime secure connectivity."

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