iPass announces iPass Inc. (NASDAQ:IPAS) announced today an agreement with IBM’s Personal Computing Division to work together on sales of iPass mobile connectivity services to IBM ThinkPad customers in North America. Under the terms of the agreement, IBM will promote iPass connectivity services to enterprises that need to provide mobile workers with simple, secure and manageable connectivity services as they move between office, home, and remote locations. iPass combines its global network of dial-up, Ethernet and the world’s largest Wi-Fi footprint with support for enterprise campus wireless LANs and home broadband connections to deliver a unified and comprehensive solution.
“The iPass solution complements IBM ThinkPad notebook computers,” said Clain Anderson, program director, wireless and security solutions, IBM Personal Computing Division. “New IBM ThinkVantage Technologies in ThinkPad notebooks provide communications and security capabilities that give enterprise employees and individuals a range of options to be productive away from their desks. iPass supports that productivity through seamless connectivity to an ever-expanding number of public wired and wireless broadband networks.”
The agreement with IBM is an extension of iPass’ ongoing OEM initiative to enable mobile devices with a range of connectivity options including Wi-Fi. As part of the agreement, IBM’s Personal Computing Division will promote the iPass Corporate Access(TM) service offering as a value-added complement to its ThinkPad notebook computers through its sales efforts in North America.
Since the launch of the ThinkPad(TM) in 1992, these acclaimed notebook computers have been recognized as design and engineering models, winning more than 1,000 industry awards worldwide. iPass combines its award-winning iPassConnect(TM) user interface with centralized management, leading security features and powerful policy enforcement capabilities.
“We see the IBM ThinkPad and iPass service as a perfect marriage of device and connectivity,” said Anurag Lal, Vice President of Business Development at iPass. “Mobile devices and network connectivity have become inextricably linked. Notebook sales are increasing and as more people get notebooks, they discover enhanced capabilities such as Wi-Fi are built right in.”
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