The relentless advance of iPass continues with the announcement of a new partnership with Orange Business Services to target the MNC market. The two plan to offer a new remote access service which will bundle multiple forms of access, including 3G/HSDPA, WiFi and home DSL and the iPassConnect software client.
The new service will use the Orange brand; iPass will continue to offer its own service, in
Ovum principal analysts Jeremy Green and Pauline Trotter comment:
Orange is clearly targeting its multinational customers, whose complex mobility requirements often extend to upwards of 150 countries and include cellular, WiFi and home DSL access. It believes that the new proposition will enable a consistent user experience across geographies and access methods and, together with the end-to-end management of Business Everywhere, will strengthen its position in this market.
Orange claims that the joint service is already in use, in that customised solutions based on the components which will go into the commercial version are already deployed to 15,000 end users.
The service is expected to debut for pilot customers this summer, and to become commercially available in November. Over this period Orange and iPass plan to add improved functionality into the software client, including additional support for public mobile networks (through better signal strength tools, for example) and advanced credentials management. At the same time the access footprint of the combined offering will be improved - for example, the number of hotspots is expected to increase from 57,000 at present to 95,000 by November.
The move is clearly a good one for both parties, if a slightly humbling one for
Jeremy Green is a principal analyst specialising in enterprise mobility.
Pauline Trotter is a principal analyst specialising in enterprise communications, and is responsible for Ovum's research among enterprise users, from SMEs to large multinationals.