One million iPass hotspots and countingTuesday, August 7th, 2012 Karen Ambrose Hickey, Editor
iPass has surpassed the one million mark in premium Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide, a huge feat considering not all hotspots are created equal. Our network strives to serve our customers in the places that matter most to them. While devices are cheap, networks are expensive and there are two global trends affecting our communications; as employees, as companies and as network providers.
Connectivity, enabled by the cloud and by the proliferation of mobile devices, has changed the way we work and how we communicate in our daily lives forever. Data and history have moved to the cloud. As mobile devices, apps and Wi-Fi proliferate, our access to that data becomes easier and more predictable. Even telecom providers are looking for global roaming for their subscribers, keeping them connected across fragmented networks.
Consumerization, or the Bring-your-Own-Device (BYOD) trend, has been led by mobile workers wanting to use the devices best for their productivity. As more devices explode into the market, employees are now choosing different devices for different tasks, often leveraging the same Wi-Fi hotspot, rather than paying for multiple connection plans. With this desire for picking their devices, employees are working longer hours, staying more connected than ever.
BYOD is not just a security issue though, it’s a network cost issue. As our consumption rises, data diets increase and there only so much people are willing to pay per MB. Increasingly, people can bring their own networks with the proliferation of Wi-Fi. Bring Your Own Network (BYON) is a trend that is catering to rising network costs as enterprises and consumers look to Wi-Fi networks to mitigate the cost of cellular data roaming by connecting to Wi-Fi whenever and wherever possible.
Mobile employees can be more productive in more places, and for lower cost. Wi-Fi is now available not only at cafes, hotels but also via planes, trains, buses and city-wide mesh networks. Because iPass offers access to premium hotspots, these travelers get fast, secure and reliable connectivity. With Wi-Fi complementing cellular networks, mobile employees can enjoy extended data roaming. They won’t need to rely on cellular data roaming when traveling, as millions do; nor worry about connecting the extra tablets and smartphones that they carry.
iPass has surpassed the one million mark in commercial Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide that can benefit both enterprise customers and telecom operator subscribers. Roam where you want to.
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