#mwc12 – Massive deal for Cubic opens up 680k global Wi-Fi hotspots

1 Mar 2012

In what could be Irish firm Cubic Telecom’s biggest deal yet the company has strook a deal with NASDAQ listed service provider iPass that will open Maxroam customers up to 680,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in 117 countries worldwide for voice and data roaming.

When we bumped into Cubic Telecom co-founder Pat Phelan at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona he seemed to be on cloud nine, now we know why.
iPass Open Mobile Exchange (iPass OMX), is a global Wi-Fi exchange community with the world’s largest commercial Wi-Fi network.

“By integrating iPass’ 680,000 hotspots onto the Cubic Telecom platform, we are expanding our capability of accessing multiple 3G and CDMA carrier technologies by now adding WiFi access all through one wallet and one point of contact — the Cubic Telecom SIM card,” said Barry Napier, Cubic CEO explained.

“Consumer appetite for mobile data services and always on connectivity has been increasing significantly, particularly for business travelers. By partnering with iPass we will be able to give our customers global access to Wi-Fi giving them even higher data speeds and availability without worrying about bill-shock and enormous fees,” Napier added.

The deal is the latest in a slew of deals for Cubic including deals to supply EasyJet travellers with MaxRoam SIM cards and a majer MVNO deal with Vodafone in the UK.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years