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iPass and SITA extend Wi-Fi partnership

Mobile connectivity provider iPass and air transport IT provider SITA have extended their partnership to provide Wi-Fi connectivity services to small and medium-sized airlines and airports around the world.

iPass will offer its SmartConnect global Wi-Fi connectivity services through SITA’s online air travel marketplace, Marketplace.aero.

Over 2,500 small and medium-sized airline and airport customers using Marketplace.aero will now be able to enquire about the Wi-Fi services through an online portal and receive support to purchase it. Later in 2017, customers will be able to purchase the services through a secure, digital checkout platform.

“People working in the air travel industry require reliable and secure mobile connectivity, especially as they regularly move between regions and countries,” said iPass chief commercial officer, Patricia Hume. “This extended partnership with SITA promises to bring the power of the iPass global network to more users, enabling them to stay connected and productive wherever they are.”

Air travel businesses will be able to offer employees secure access to the Wi-Fi network, ensuring employees stay connected. This would help them to access online business applications, such as email, flight, crew and weather apps and schedule emergency cover, regardless of what country they are in and without incurring unexpected costs.

“We are delighted to be able to offer global Wi-Fi connectivity to our growing Marketplace.aero customer base,” said Sebastien Fabre, vice president, communication business line at SITA. “We pride ourselves on the fact that customers can access a number of innovative third party strategic partners and SITA services through our SaaS and Service marketplace. This latest partnership will help address one of the biggest challenges facing small to medium-sized airlines and airports- keeping their employees connected in a cost-effective and secure manner.”

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