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Verizon Wi-Fi Connect launches
Posted: 10-Jul-2008 [Source: Verizon Wireless]

[Verizon Wireless launches new Wi-Fi interface that connects to more than 70,000 Verizon-provided hot spots worldwide and extends its full range of Enterprise Mobility Services to Latin America.]

Basking Ridge, NJ -- Verizon Business has launched a new Wi-Fi interface that makes it easier than ever to connect to more than 70,000 (and growing) Verizon-provided hot spots worldwide. The new interface, Verizon Wi-Fi Connect, is available as part of Verizon Enterprise Mobility services suite. In addition, the company also announced it has extended these services to Latin America.

Verizon Wi-Fi Connect maximises the benefits of hot spot connectivity as part of an overall enterprise mobility strategy, providing integrated billing and management capabilities including monitoring of Wi-Fi usage. The service is simple and intuitive: An icon appears whenever a connection to a Verizon Wi-Fi hot spot is sensed. Then the user simply clicks to gain access to the Internet and from there to a corporate network.

Verizon Wi-Fi Connect is interoperable with all common wireless LAN software utilities, and works with existing connectivity preferences and corporate security procedures.

"Multinational companies require secure, reliable network access whenever and wherever they need it," said Nancy Gofus, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Business. "We're constantly expanding the number of enterprise hot spots we offer, and with Verizon Wi-Fi Connect our customers can obtain a business-grade Wi-Fi service experience through a very easy-to-use interface. Using the advanced reporting capabilities of Verizon's Enterprise Mobility service, customers can review the details and cost duration of each remote connection, enabling total corporate expenditure to be accurately calculated and enhancing overall service management."

Enterprise Mobility Services Now Available in Latin America

In addition, Verizon Business has also extended availability of the enhanced Enterprise Mobility services, including Verizon Wi-Fi Connect, to Latin America. Enterprise customers based in Latin America, or with Latin American subsidiaries, can now realise the management advantages and cost efficiencies of enterprise mobility services, and choose from flat-rate and usage-based pricing plans for individual or combined services.

Verizon Business' Enterprise Mobility services now have more than 3 million users, who securely, rapidly and seamlessly access corporate resources while on the move. Verizon Enterprise Mobility is designed to reduce the administrative costs associated with extending corporate network access to on-the-go workers. The flexible, scalable, easily administered solution offers corporate users multiple access options while addressing their varying access-security requirements.

The service includes advanced end-user client software that is centrally administered by the customer and ensures all communications to the corporate network comply with customers' security policies. Additionally, Verizon Enterprise Mobility integrates seamlessly with Verizon Private IP for network-based remote access to a Verizon-provided MPLS (multiprotocol label switching) network.

Verizon Enterprise Mobility supports 3G mobile data, Wi-Fi, dial-up and customer-provided access with:

-- Wi-Fi access at 70,000 hot spots in more than 80 countries (with expansion in progress).

-- 3G mobile data access for U.K.-based customers (UMTS/HSDPA/GPRS) in more than 120 countries worldwide.

-- 3G mobile data access for U.S.-based customers via the Verizon Wireless network (EVDO).

-- Dial-up access in more than 150 countries.

-- Support for 3rd party-provided access worldwide.

In addition, Verizon Business provides all the tools, software and support to allow quick and simple service deployment for its customers around the world. Local customer service and stringent service-level agreements all reinforce the overall customer experience.

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