iPass, Inc. recently announced that in bid to improve its international roaming services, Etisalat has joined the iPass Open Mobile Exchange (iPass OMX) network. One of the Middle East's largest telecom operators and serves more than 167 million subscribers, Etisalat will now be able to provide its consumers and enterprise customers with a global Wi-Fi data roaming service.
Essa AlHaddad, chief commercial officer at Etisalat Group, said that, "Etisalat is one of the global telecommunication industry's innovation pacesetters. I am pleased we can increasingly use our Group-wide strength to give our partner operators access to new services demanded by customers. By joining the iPass Open Mobile Exchange, Etisalat will enable our customers to move around the world with a new cost-effective way of staying in touch with their businesses, family and friends."
Subscribers of the company who need to travel abroad frequently will now be able to use their smartphones and tablets to easily connect over a million Wi-Fi hotspots within the global iPass network.
The service, which features fast connectivity, will also be provided in a cost-effective manner.
Steve Livingston, iPass senior vice president of carrier development, said that, "As the Middle East's largest telecom operator, Etisalat continues to lead in innovation and the company's technological expertise has helped it secure subscribers across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The iPass Open Mobile Exchange allows Etisalat to bring a global Wi-Fi roaming solution into their product portfolio supported by the world's largest Wi-Fi network that could alter the way their consumers roam abroad in the future."
At present, Etisalat's customer base, which spans 16 countries, includes more than 167 million subscribers. The company has plans to introduce the service within the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Nigeria initially, which will be followed by a gradual rollout within other regions.
Edited by Braden Becker