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  • China's Global Internet Roaming Market Targeted by iPass
  • July 15, 1998 (HONG KONG) -- China is a promising market for global Internet roaming services, according to Chris Moore, president and CEO of iPass Inc., which provides local Internet access points to Internet service providers (ISPs) worldwide.
    Moore said China is a strategic market for the company because of the tremendous growth in Internet usage by those traveling inside and outside China. Demand is growing from its Chinese ISP partners for high-quality access services, according to Moore.

    He noted that the strongest demand for Internet roaming service in China comes from people traveling to the country, and it will remain the trend in the next few years.

    Founded by Club Internet of Hong Kong and Sea Change Corp. of Canada in 1996, iPass is based in California's Silicon Valley and has been an active player in the Asia Pacific region. More than 150 ISP partners offer the the iPass roaming service worldwide. Fifty of its partners are in the Asia-Pacific region, with three in China and 12 in Hong Kong.

    Its ISP partners in Asia include JiTong Communications Co., Ltd. of China, Hong Kong Telecom Ltd., NEC Corp. of Japan and Pacific Internet Pte. Ltd. of Singapore.

    The company will launch new partnerships this summer, to include roaming providers such as GlobalNet of Hong Kong, NEC Biglobe of Taiwan, LGA International of Singapore and new access providers like Karcing Online Services of China.

    Moore added that the company hopes to have every ISP in the region offering iPass roaming to their customers. He said that the Asian market accounts for a substantial portion of its global business.

    (Eleanor Yeung, Staff Correspondent)

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    Updated: Tue Jul 14 15:57:08 1998