VSNL integrates Tata indicom Wi-Fi in to iPass global broadband roaming network
06 February 2008
Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL) has integrated the 350 Tata Indicom Wi-Fi hotspots into the iPass global broadband roaming network. With the integration of these services, VSNL partner hotels, cafes, etc, who have deployed VSNL Wi-Fi services on their premises would also benefit from increased roaming usage.
Before being integrated into the iPass global roaming network, the Tata Indicom Wi-Fi access points went through rigorous iPass enterprise ready certification process. This involved testing the hotspots against reliability and quality of service standards.
Tata Indicom Wi-Fi hotspot locations include major domestic and international airports, leading premium hotels, railway stations, educational institutions, sports stadiums, hospitals, restaurant, coffee shop chains and retail stores. Key locations include Taj Hotels Group, Le Meridian, Cafe Coffee Day, Barista, Manipal University, and Wockhard.
"Our partnership with iPass is a reflection of how committed we are to enabling customers from across the globe to experience a reliable and secure wireless service and have a world class end-user experience" said Shankar Prasad, president-retail business unit, VSNL. "VSNL has been leading the growth of the Wi-Fi industry in India and today has the largest Wi-Fi deployment in India with over 360 hotspots. It has drawn up major plans this year to further enhance its footprint to over 1,000 hotspots."
VSNL, is the only Indian operator to be a member of the global consortium of Wi-Fi service providers, Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). VSNL says it plans to scale up its hot spots to over 1000 during the course of the year. Operator members of WBA own and operate over 60,000 Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide, which WBA members can utilise to spread the reach of their services.