GlobeQuest expands Wi-Fi reach
itmatters.com.ph - April 19. 2006
GlobeQUEST, the corporate business group of Innove Communications,
has clinched four new domestic and international roaming partnership
deals, aimed to further widen the reach of its wireless internet
For the domestic market, Globe QUEST partnered with internet service
provider (ISP) Pacific Internet. Postpaid subscribers of Pacific
Internet will now have access to WiFi in all of GlobeQUEST’s WiZ
hotspots in the country using the same username and password.
For the international market, GlobeQUEST has signed up with three
Wi-Fi network aggregators, namely BOINGO Wireless, Inc. iPass and
Deutsche Telekom (DT).
As a result, GlobeQUEST will now have access to the markets being
covered by the three aggregators. Subscribers of all foreign
networks under the three aggregators can now tap the GlobeQUEST
Wi-Fi service while they are here in the country and so as
GlobeQUEST subscribers whenever they are abroad.
Jesus C. Romero, GlobeQUEST head, said the company expects to feel
the take up in foreign subscribers in the next two to three months.
"We don’t have a breakdown yet of domestic and foreign subscribers.
But anecdotal evidence shows that a lot of foreigners in hotels and
restaurants are using our service," he said.
iPass has integrated over 300 network providers covering over 60,000
access points worldwide including more than 35,000 Wi-Fi hotspot and
ethernet hotel broad-band locations in about 60 countries.
US-based BOINGO has over 20,000 hotspots and provides high-speed
internet service to individual end-users and wireless access service
providers who intend to resell their Wi-Fi services.
DT, Europe’s largest telecommunications company, connects Wi-Fi
providers and hotspot operators from over 20 countries. Mr. Romero
said these roaming agreements make the company the "most convenient
Wi-Fi service provider" in the country
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