iPass partners with Fon to grow enterprise hotspot network

Wi-Fi carrier iPass has entered a strategic partnership with wireless network provider Fon to make more hotspots available to enterprises.

The agreement covers nine million Fon hotspots that will provide iPass with additional Wi-Fi capacity.

iPass’ business users will be able to access the Fon hotspots as part of their existing subscription.

The two companies said they were also in discussions to provide Fon customers with access to iPass’ worldwide hotspot network in public areas, including airports and hotels.

Carleen Chou, Head of Business Development and Sales at Fon, said: “We believe that our two companies have a very complementary set of customers and networks, and are working together to provide easy, ubiquitous and affordable Wi-Fi access to the world.”

Fon operates approximately 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world.

In August, iPass extended its network to an additional 20 million hotspots after partnering with software company Devicescape.

The company said it hopes to provide customers with access to 50 million Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide by the end of the year.

Patricia Hume, Chief Commercial Officer at iPass, said: “When I came on board back in February, we stated we wanted to double the size of our network by the end of the year, and this partnership goes a long way to supporting this goal.

“Our unlimited global Wi-Fi network is ideally suited to today’s ‘Wi-Fi first’ business user, and the addition of these new hotspots means they can get online in more locations than ever before.”

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