REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., April 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — iPass Inc. (NASDAQ:IPAS), a leading provider of global mobile connectivity, today announced a seven figure deal with Lycamobile, the world’s largest international mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), to provide global Wi-Fi to its monthly plan customers.
The service will be available to Lycamobile’s monthly plan customers through a white-labelled version of iPass SmartConnect, which provides simple and secure Wi-Fi access to millions of hotspots worldwide. Lycamobile will also be integrating the iPass SmartConnectTM Software Development Kit (SDK) into its service platform, making it even easier for users to benefit from global Wi-Fi in the future.
Lycamobile considers global Wi-Fi to be a key driver in providing extra value to its customers and standing out in a competitive market. Global Wi-Fi is an opportunity to promote its monthly bundles and also to develop new revenue streams through selling Wi-Fi packages directly to its customers.
“As the world’s largest MVNO, we’re always looking for ways to help people stay connected. Providing global Wi-Fi connectivity will make a big difference for our customers,” said Subaskaran Allirajah, Chairman of Lyca Group. “We are committed to offering extended value and service availability to our customers, whether they are connected to cellular or Wi-Fi. iPass’ expertise in connection management allows automatic selection of the best available service for our subscribers.”
“We’re pleased to partner with Lycamobile to provide global Wi-Fi connectivity to its core customers. This is a further example of how iPass SmartConnect helps our MVNOs quickly realise the benefits of global Wi-Fi,” said Patricia Hume, chief commercial officer at iPass. “MVNOs are looking for a competitive advantage, and global Wi-Fi is a great way to reduce their network costs, while improving customer retention and acquisition.”
Lycamobile is the world’s largest mobile virtual network operator, operating in 23 countries across five continents, and is the market leader in the international prepaid mobile calls market, with over 15 million customers worldwide and a new one joining every two seconds. Founded in 2006, it has fast become a global brand synonymous with connecting customers with their loved ones both nationally and across oceans, borders and networks at the lowest possible price.
Lycamobile’s global reach, focus on customer service and innovative business strategy has seen it outgrow its competitor set; achieving greater coverage of the European population than any other network operator. The business continues to make in-roads to new markets on a regular basis, most recently adding Ukraine, with aims for a number of new countries to be launched in the next 12 months, cementing its position in Europe and developing its service in Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and South America.
Lycamobile operates in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, UK, Ukraine and USA.
Lycamobile is part of Lyca Group, a British multinational corporation delivering low-cost, high-quality products and services. Since Lycamobile’s founding in 2006, a number of additional products and services have been added to Lyca Group’s portfolio, diversifying its offering across technology, media and telecoms, financial services, travel and transport, healthcare, and entertainment.
All Lyca Group companies share the same aim of connecting international communities across the globe. Its core values of trust, accessibility and connectivity run across all the businesses and through all its employees.
About iPass Inc.
iPass (NASDAQ:IPAS) is a leading provider of global mobile connectivity, offering simple, secure, always-on Wi-Fi access on any mobile device. Built on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, the iPass cloud-based service keeps its customers connected by providing unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity on unlimited devices. iPass is the world’s largest Wi-Fi network, with more than 64 million hotspots around the globe, at airports, hotels, train stations, convention centers, outdoor venues, inflight, and more. Using patented technology, the iPass SmartConnect™ platform takes the guesswork out of Wi-Fi, automatically connecting customers to the best hotspot for their needs. Customers simply download the iPass SmartConnect app to experience unlimited, everywhere, and invisible Wi-Fi.
iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.
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