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VSNL Gets iPass For Customers

Mountain View, Calif.-based iPass Inc. is partnering with government ISP Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (VSNL) to make iPass Global Internet roaming available in India.

This partnership makes VSNL access points in India immediately available as part of the extensive iPass global network giving iPass users Internet connectivity when traveling in India.

Simultaneously, VSNL has launched the iPass global Internet roaming service to its customers in India, allowing them to gain local Internet connectivity when traveling throughout the world.

"VSNL is an important network infrastructure provider and we are thrilled about this partnership," said Jason Ma, iPass managing director, Asia Pacific.

"We are seeing growth in the Internet market in India as well As increasing business travel to India. Not only will the iPass service provide tremendous value to VSNL's customers, but this partnership brings a significant benefit to our business customers around the world who can now easily gain quality local Internet access when traveling to India."

iPass has teamed with industry leaders including 3Com Corporation, Ascend, Cisco, COMPAQ, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent, Microsoft, Nortel Networks and Sun Microsystems.

The iPass/VSNL partnership was inaugurated recently by Anil Kumar, chairman of the Telecom Commission, at an event held in Mumbai.

Speaking on the occasion, Anil Kumar said that the Internet has an extremely important role in the development of information and communication networks in the country.

He added that India is emerging as a strong global player in information technology and information services, and the new Internet service provider (ISP) policy will play an important role in strengthening the country's infrastructure.

"The global roaming service opens a new bridge between India and the rest of the world in respect to Internet access and availability," commented Amitabh Kumar, officiating chairman and managing director of VSNL, who was also present on the occasion.

"We are excited about what this agreement with iPass means to VSNL's customers," said Mr Kumar. "As the Internet market opens up in India, we will see a rapid increase in the use of and dependency on the Internet for everyday business communications and information. This means that wherever our customers travel throughout the world, they are going to have secure and reliable Internet connectivity at local access rates."

With its dedicated workforce of over 2,900 employees, VSNL provides a range of basic, specialized and value-added telecom services.

VSNL users now benefit from local connectivity to the Internet from almost anywhere in the world when using the iPass network of more than 3,000 access points throughout 150 countries.

And VSNL customers can take advantage of incredible cost savings as well as the strongest end-user authentication security, which is built into the iPass architecture.

The iPass service also integrates with virtual private network (VPN) solutions, enabling telecommuters and business travelers secure access to their corporate networks from outside of the office, whether at home or overseas.