Gen-i has chosen California-based iPass over several other contenders for a global internet access service.
Rival vendors included Iprolink, which offers a remote access service in partnership with the global GRIC alliance.
The Auckland-based systems integrator was looking to offer such a service to its corporate clients, and will resell iPass’ product after five months of trial by gen-i’s own sales staff.
“We looked at several networks and each had its own strengths and weaknesses,” says gen-i technology strategy manager David Spratt, “but we chose iPass because of the number of points of presence.”
I-Pass operates 14,000 points of presence around the world, which enables mostly local connections, Spratt says.
“You hear so many stories of someone going to Sydney, plugging in to the hotel phone jack to check their email and ending up with an $A100 bill.”
IPass’ client software allows users to connect to their company’s network via local dial-up access, ISDN and other wired and wireless connections.
The iPass system is interoperable with Macintosh and Windows desktops, notebooks and PDAs.