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iPass-Telekom Malaysia Form Internet Roaming Partnership

iPass Inc. and Telekom Malaysia Wednesday announced a new Internet roaming partnership.

Telekom Malaysia's ISP, Tmnet, plans to rollout the iPass Internet Roaming service to its customers this week. The partnership will provide more than 3,000 local access points throughout 150 countries. The iPass alliance with Telekom Malaysia means that Tmnet customers can obtain Internet access at a local phone call rate from all over the world.

"We are pleased to continue our expansion in Asia with premier players such as Telekom Malaysia," said Jason Ma, iPass managing director of Asia Pacific.

"It is important to iPass that our service is available to the largest number of users, but equally important that it is offered by world-class providers such as Telekom Malaysia."

iPass currently maintains more than 70 active partnerships throughout the region in order to leverage the company's reach in the Asia Pacific. During the last quarter of 1998, iPass also secured partnerships with Japan Telecom and Singapore Telecomin order to drive the company's expansions plans through Asia.

Datuk Harold Read, chief operating officer of Telekom Malaysia's multimedia unit, said the company is "pleased to be partnering with iPass because it has rapidly become the de facto standard for roaming in this region, as well as around the world."

Telekom Malaysia has provided Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Malawi, Bangladesh, Thailand, Guinea, Ghana and South Africa with telecommunications services for over a decade. Telekom Malaysia is the sole provider of infrastructure for the country's Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC).

TMnet is currently the country's leading Internet provider with a customer base of 270,000.

iPass Inc. is a settlement and clearinghouse service that facilitates low-cost global communications through alliances with leading network providers around the world. iPass enables ISPs to provide Internet access with a local call through more than 3,000 access points in 150 countries.