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iPass extends UK footprint with XLN partnership

iPass customers are now able to access Wi-Fi at 10,000 new commercial venues

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., June 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- iPass Inc. (NASDAQ:IPAS), a leading provider of global mobile connectivity, today announced a partnership with XLN, a leading provider of broadband connectivity for small businesses in the UK. The agreement will provide iPass customers with Wi-Fi access at an additional 10,000 commercial venues across the UK, including cafés, pubs and restaurants. Furthermore, this additional footprint is using the latest Wi-Fi technology (802.1x), which provides users with added security and improved performance.  

XLN public Wi-Fi was launched in October 2016. Free for both businesses to provide and their customers to use, XLN public Wi-Fi has expanded to more than 20,000 hotspots in less than one year. To date, XLN has 2.5 million registered users, placing it alongside the biggest Wi-Fi networks in the UK.

“XLN is one of the fastest growing Wi-Fi providers in the UK, so we are really excited about this new partnership,” said Patricia Hume, chief operations officer at iPass. “Today’s ‘Wi-Fi first’ mobile worker wants to be able to get online securely and easily wherever they are in the world. The combination of the ‘last-mile’ VPN functionality within iPass SmartConnect and XLN’s 802.1x enabled Wi-Fi hotspots will provide UK-based users with the security and performance they desire when going online.”

“We are delighted to be bringing high-quality connectivity to iPass users in the UK,” said Christian Nellemann, CEO at XLN. “Public Wi-Fi is an important part of our product offering and significant USP for us, so it is great that a large part of our footprint will now be accessible as part of the iPass network.”

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.

About XLN

XLN supplies low-cost phone, broadband, business mobile, card processing, gas and electricity exclusively to small businesses all over the UK. Founded by Christian Nellemann in 2002, XLN has helped more than 400,000 small businesses to save on their utility bills. More recently, XLN has added public Wi-Fi to its portfolio, and the network now includes more than 20,000 hotspots.

About XLN Public Wi-Fi

XLN public Wi-Fi was launched in October 2016. Free for both businesses to provide and their customers to use, it has grown rapidly. Less than a year since launch, it already includes more than 20,000 hotspots. To date, there are 2.5 million registered users. This puts XLN Wi-Fi up there with the biggest networks in the country. Public Wi-Fi is now an important part of XLN’s product offering, and a significant USP. What was previously a commodity owned and dominated by large chain retailers can now be accessed easily and affordably by small businesses through XLN.

Media Contacts:

For iPass:

Alex Crawshaw
Spark Communications
+44 (0) 20 7436 0420
ipass@sparkcomms.co.uk

For XLN:

Andreas Bartels
XLN
A.Bartels@xlntelecom.co.uk

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Source: iPass Inc.