January 19, 2006 – As part of the strategy to broaden Sprint´s European WLAN presence, Quiconnect has signed a bilateral access and interconnect services agreement with RoamPoint to give Sprint´s corporate customers access to The Cloud´s 7,000 high quality hotspot locations in the UK, Germany and Sweden. These include prestigious sites such as Canary Wharf, The British Library, Coffee Republic, The South Bank Centre, 200 German hotels, Agip Service Stations, and 46 major train stations in Sweden.
US-based telecommunications giant, Sprint (NYSE: S), chose Quiconnect in April 2005 to act as its European partner to establish wider WLAN access for Sprint customers as they travel globally and need to log onto the Internet, and to access email and corporate systems.
Mark Brigman, Sprint´s WLAN business development manager, says, “Working with Quiconnect, we are making great strides in capturing more footprint to offer to our customers. Clearly they see huge value in having more and more choices of where they can get Internet access and the new deal with The Cloud only serves to enhance our ability to serve customers better.”
This year, Quiconnect has signed agreements with among others, Hub Tйlйcom (formerly ADP Tйlйcom) and PT Wi-Fi, part of Portugal Telecom Group, to create a Sprint-branded virtual WLAN network managed by Quiconnect irrespective of the countries visited, carriers or network operators used. The new contract with RoamPoint is a further extension of this and is effective immediately. The first phase of the project will involve Sprint accessing The Cloud´s hotspot locations with sites expected to become ´live´ beginning in February 2006 and throughout the year.
The Cloud is the largest supplier of hotspot locations in Europe and the market leader in the UK. On average, it adds 100 new locations every week in the markets it serves. RoamPoint is an independent division of The Cloud offering WLAN managed authentication and interconnectivity services.
Serving 96% of the Fortune 500 companies, Sprint has been developing its Wi-Fi presence extensively in the USA at marquee venues – high value, high traffic locations – such as hospitals, convention centres and, most importantly, 8 key airports across America.
Andrew Schultz, Quiconnect´s director of marketing and strategy, says, “This is a bilateral deal where everyone wins, particularly the customer. Sprint has access to The Cloud footprint while RoamPoint wins its first major USA carrier. Ultimately, we are adding loads more hotspots for Sprint customers travelling in Europe and making it far easier for people to access WLAN sites on the move by simplifying the connectivity process.”
Quiconnect is a system integrator, specialising in enabling and operating virtual networks over wireless broadband for telecommunications operators. Quiconnect consolidates connections for multiple bilateral agreements, providing technical and financial interconnectivity and clearinghouse services worldwide. It offers access to wireless local network (WLAN) operators´ footprints through a single, cost efficient and easy-to-manage service. Headquartered in London UK, Quiconnect was founded in 2001 and operates offices in Grenoble, France and San Diego USA. For more information, visit www.quiconnect.com
About The Cloud
The Cloud offers sophisticated national wireless LAN coverage in hotspot locations throughout the UK, Sweden and Germany. The Cloud´s infrastructure is a multi-service provider platform, which allows providers such as ISPs, mobile operators and cable companies to offer a fully branded wireless LAN experience to their customers. With The Cloud, site owners maximise their revenue potential by supporting all major service providers at their location and customers enjoy the best possible experience and maximum ease of use. Launched in mid 2003, The Cloud actively partners with O2, BT, Vodafone, Skype, Nintendo and Intel, among others, to facilitate the growth of wireless broadband services across Europe. The Cloud´s investors include 3i and Accel Partners, Europe. For more information, visit www.thecloud.net
RoamPoint´s mission is to make WLAN roaming seamless for the user, allowing a customer of any connected service provider to experience other WLANs as a natural extension of their home networks. As the operator of managed authentication and WiFi roaming services since 2004, London-based RoamPoint manages the interconnection of WiFi network operators and service providers, enabling them to limit significantly the cost and complexity of exchanging services between networks. For further information, visit www.roampoint.net