Global Wi-Fi service iPass has strengthened its footholds in Mexico and Russia with two new partnerships.
The Californian company has partnered with independent Russian telecoms company ER-Telecom, giving iPass customers access to more than 4,500 new Wi-Fi hotspots in major Russian cities including St. Petersburg.
ER-Telecom has 11% of the Russian broadband market and is growing. Its domestic Wi-Fi footprint includes hotels, restaurants, cafes and convention centres.
In Mexico, its partnership with Wi-Fi provider SitWifi gives iPass users access to Wi-Fi hotspots at 36 airports, 46 hotels, all major bus stations and a host of shopping malls.
Locations include Mexico City International Airport and Cancun International Airport, as well as Juan Santamaria Airport in nearby Costa Rica.
SitWifi’s hotspots will be integrated into the iPass global network by the end of the year.
The new partnerships add to the existing iPass network of more than 57 million hotspots in more than 120 countries.
Mato Petrusic, vice president for Europe and the Middle East at iPass, said: “Wi-Fi remains the fastest and most reliable way to be online, so we are delighted to be offering our customers secure, on-the-go connectivity while traveling in Russia.”
Chief commercial officer Patricia Hume added: “Our users travelling to and across Mexico will have peace of mind that they will be able to stay connected at key locations.”