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Innovative new technology enables European MVNOs to embrace low-cost WiFi

Posted by Trustive on November 28, 2013

“Always best connected” paradigm is revolutionary technology that provides intelligent network management and truly seamless cellular and WiFi connectivity to end-users on the go.

 

WiFi has always been an anomaly within the networking industry; WiFi provides a key service, utilizing a worldwide standard, with no expensive license. As a result, the WiFi hotspot industry has grown with both large-scale operators and small providers sharing the same market space but without any formal coordination; which has led to a shortfall in roaming and interoperability functionalities. 

In recent years, the importance of WiFi has been reinforced by the huge uptake of smartphones and other mobile devices, which have profoundly changed the scenario of applications and services which users now expect to fully experience on the go. With mobile data traffic forecast to grow exponentially, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) now need to juggle these heightened customer expectations with network performance; cellular (3G) data roaming services are frequently congested, renowned for being of poorer quality and more expensive than WiFi services. However, seamless integration between WiFi and cellular networks is not yet widely available. 

Guglielmo has developed a sophisticated algorithm, named WISE, which can resolve the issue of seamless connectivity to both WiFi and cellular networks. The WISE technology can be embedded into any MNO’s or MVNO’s Android application. The algorithm then collects data from the network in order to form a full picture of the “context” in which the mobile device is operating (e.g. its position, service availability and device’s current usage). By constantly re-evaluating the context in which a mobile device is operating, this “Always best connected” algorithm is able to determine which is the most suitable network that is currently available, the best network for the future and also calculates the optimum moment to handover from one network to another. 

On top of this context analysis, the algorithm also manages the WiFi authentication process, using data stored on the end-user’s SIM card, thereby avoiding any other manual log in procedures and rendering the switch from WiFi to cellular networks completely seamless for the end-user. 

“The true advantage of the “Always best connected” algorithm is its innate simplicity in terms of integration, effectiveness and ease of usage for the end-user. Quick and easy to install with little or no cost in terms of software and infrastructure, MNOs and MVNOs can roll out this innovative solution in a few short weeks” – says Giovanni Guerri, Guglielmo CEO.

Now MVNOs can benefit twice fold, by not only giving their end-users the advantages of WiFi in parallel to their existing cellular services but also in terms of lower roaming costs.  

Several MVNOs adopted this technology in 2013, with very encouraging results both in terms of network performance (data offloading) and customer satisfaction. A recent cooperation with Trustive, Europe’s No1 WiFi access provider, has demonstrated its power with a deployment over more than 100,000 access points across Europe in just a few weeks, combining 3G and WiFi in a truly seamless and secured way. 

“As an aggregator working with more than 80 operators, Trustive is very sensitive about the need to provide seamless, quick and quality mobile internet access to travelers worldwide, whilst simultaneously keeping technical deployment and maintenance costs to a minimum” says Christian VanGhelder, Managing Director at Trustive. “By integrating the “Always best connected” solution into part of our European network we have been able to offer, in just a few weeks, a truly transparent and automatic access to both cellular and WiFi networks for travellers with Android smartphones, without having to touch any of the 100,000 access points included in this project. With this innovation, Trustive can now roll out this capability across its 700,000 premium sites worldwide quickly and without any modification to the millions of individual access points spread across these sites.”

Guglielmo is one of the leading wireless Internet service providers in Italy and has a network consisting of over 12,000 access points and over 2 million users registered by means of its very own LUMEN platform. Guglielmo owes its name to the founders’ wish to pay a well-deserved tribute to the physicist from Bologna, Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of radio waves and the father of telecommunications. As well as its standard activities of service provider, Guglielmo is also very active in R&D. www.guglielmo.biz

Trustive is No 1 in Europe and a leading international WiFi premium hotspot access provider, giving travellers extensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of over 700,000 premium WiFi hotspots in 130+ countries. www.trustive.com
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Trustive launches “London WiFi 2012” app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

Posted by Trustive on May 14, 2012

Trustive’s “London WiFi 2012” app gives iPad and iPhone users easy access to Trustive hotspots in London and across the UK during the Olympic games and other key events this summer!


Trustive, Europe’s No1 WiFi access provider, is very pleased to be able to announce the launch of a new application; London WiFi 2012. London WiFi 2012 is the new WiFi app for iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch that enables customers to enjoy seamless WiFi access across Trustive’s network of 70,000 premium WiFi hotspots (including 102 airport locations) located in London and throughout the whole of the UK.  London WiFi 2012 is available not only to overseas travellers visiting the UK but also to UK residents who may be visiting the London 2012 Olympic Games, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London Film Festival, any of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations or any other major event in London or across the UK. 


London WiFi 2012 provides 10 consecutive days of unlimited WiFi access and is available exclusively via the app store until 30th September 2012 for just 39.99 Euros. As well as providing customers with automatic and secure authentication to Trustive hotspots, the London WiFi 2012 app lists all of Trustive’s most popular UK and London SSIDs (WiFi network names) to help customers locate Trustive hotspots quickly. Full details of Trustive’s UK and worldwide WiFi hotspot network (which includes 300,000 premium locations) are of course available via Trustive’s online hotspot directory: http://www.trustive.com/hotspots/.


The launch of London WiFi 2012 comes after the recent launch of Trustive WiFi, a free app for Trustive customers that aims to make accessing Trustive’s comprehensive, world-class WiFi hotspot network as simple as humanly possible for today’s busy traveller.  In addition to Trustive WiFi, Trustive customers can also benefit from a range of free “MyHotspotter” WiFi clients for other popular devices, like Android, Windows, Mac or Linux (Asus Eee PC), all of which are available for download via Trustive’s website and offer the same benefits as Trustive WiFi.

For more information or to download London WiFi 2012, please visit www.trustive.com or http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/london-wifi-2012/id523579109?mt=8

About Trustive

Trustive gives travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 300,000+ WiFi hotspots and allowing Trustive customers access to these locations through a single click (single username and password plus a range of WiFi software for both computers and smartphones that automate the log in process). For more information about Trustive’s range of mobile internet access services or to consult Trustive’s online coverage directory, please visit www.trustive.com.

If you are an operator, interested in joining or using Trustive’s world-class WiFi network, please visit: http://www.trustive.com/operators/

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Trustive Welcomes Eurail and InterRail Pass Holders to its Premium, European WiFi Network

Posted by Trustive on July 21, 2011

A dynamic new partnership offers Eurail and InterRail pass holders exclusive discounts on Trustive’s standard, prepaid WiFi passes.

Trustive, a leading worldwide mobile internet access provider and the No1 WiFi access provider in Europe, is very pleased to announce a partnership with the Eurail Group G.I.E, a non-profit organisation that manages the Eurail and InterRail Passes on behalf of national railway organisations from 30 different European countries.

Trustive offers travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 220,000+ premium WiFi hotspots in 130 countries. In contrast, the Eurail Group offer travellers (more then 670,970 travellers in 2010) great value for money and provide tremendous flexibility in planning travel itineraries throughout Europe.

Under this new partnership, Eurail and InterRail pass holders can benefit from exciting and exclusive discounts on Trustive’s standard, prepaid WiFi passes. All Trustive WiFi passes are valid across Trustive’s entire WiFi hotspot network and offer customers real control over their budgets, with secure online payments & usage monitoring. In addition, Trustive offers a range of free software (for Windows, Mac, Asus Eee PC and Android) to detect and connect to Trustive hotspots as well as a free secure web browser for customer’s additional peace of mind.

Christian VanGhelder, Trustive’s managing director, welcomes Eurail and InterRail pass holders to the Trustive community: “Trustive is a perfect fit for the Eurail Group. Travellers need to stay connected and as Europe’s No1 WiFi access provider (with 90,000 hotspots in Europe alone), Trustive is perfectly positioned to facilitate this.”

“The Eurail Group is very proud to form a partnership with Trustive and we are confident that Eurail & InterRail pass holders will benefit from this special offer. Today’s traveller feels the need to stay connected whilst on the move and with Trustive’s prepaid WiFi subscription, it’s possible to search the web, skype family back home and even access email’s from your own cellular device”, says Marketing Director, Ana Dias e Seixas of the Eurail Group.

About Trustive
Trustive gives travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 70+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 220,000+ WiFi hotspots in 130 countries and allowing Trustive customers access to these locations through a single click (single username and password plus a range of WiFi software for both computers and smartphones that automate the log in process). For more information about Trustive’s range of mobile internet access services or to consult Trustive’s online coverage directory, please visit www.trustive.com.

If you are an operator, interested in joining or using Trustive’s world-class WiFi network, please visit: http://www.trustive.com/operators/

About Eurail Group
Press Contacts: Ana Dias e Seixas & Ellie Kingswell
E-mail: pressinfo@eurail.nl, tel: + 31 (0)30 7516 500
Eurail photo library: http://eurail.informationstore.net
Eurail Group corporate website and press room: www.eurailgroup.com

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Trustive proves that it’s truly dedicated to travellers by announcing another significant network expansion!

Posted by Trustive on April 12, 2011

Trustive, a leading worldwide mobile internet access provider and the No1 WiFi access provider in Europe, is very proud to be announcing a significant increase in its WiFi coverage. The recent addition of a further 40,000 locations brings Trustive’s WiFi network to an impressive 220,000 premium WiFi hotspots across 130 countries.
This latest WiFi network expansion serves to consolidate Trustive’s presence around the world, in particular in the US, UK, Malta and France. With 118,000 WiFi hotspots in Asia, 90,000 WiFi hotspots in Europe, 11,000 WiFi hotspots in North America and 2500 WiFi hotspots in Latin America, Trustive is the ideal choice for frequent travellers. In addition to good geographical coverage, Trustive aims to provide WiFi access in premium venues frequented by business and leisure travellers alike; such as 750 airport locations, 38,500 bars & restaurants (including chains such as Starbucks and Caffe Nero), and 35,000 hotels (including brands such as Radisson SAS, Ramada Jarvis, Holiday Inn, Thistle Hotel, Hilton) to name but a few.
Christian VanGhelder, Managing Director of Trustive confirms that “Trustive understands the need to stay connected when travelling and more importantly to use WiFi access wherever possible because it is far cheaper than 3G. This latest expansion and consolidation of Trustive’s international WiFi coverage will therefore be of great interest to Trustive’s customer base of international travellers.”
Trustive’s WiFi network incorporates the networks of over 80 international hotspot operators and so recommends that customers rely on the free WiFi software (available for various devices via www.trustive.com) in order to automatically detect and connect to Trustive WiFi hotspots. For up-to-date information regarding Trustive’s entire network of 220,000 premium WiFi hotspots, customers are encouraged to consult Trustive’s online WiFi hotspot locator (www.trustive.com/hotspots/).

About Trustive

Trustive gives travellers comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 70+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 220,000+ WiFi hotspots in 130 countries (including more than 750+ airports internationally) and allowing Trustive customers access to these locations through a single click (single username and password plus a range of WiFi software for both computers and smartphones that automate the log in process). For more information about Trustive’s range of mobile internet access services or to consult Trustive’s online coverage directory, please visit www.trustive.com.

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WiFi, the international mobile internet access solution for the perceived future

Posted by Trustive on February 23, 2011

In our 2010 report, Trustive observes new trends in the way travellers access the internet. Travellers use multiple devices – these days it is not unusual to travel with 3 or more devices – and laptops are gradually being replaced by tablets and smartphones.

This new trend is therefore leading a shift in the way that data is accessed. Regular usage of multiple devices and the real risk of loosing, breaking and/or having devices stolen means that data has to be accessible directly via the net. Forget having to download files onto multiple platforms and the headache associated with the constant need to manage and synchronize local data across multiple devices, hardisks and/or USB keys. In the 21st century, data will be stored in virtual “clouds”, accessible via any device with mobile internet access.

The combination of the availability of high-speed broadband, low-cost structures and a new generation of WiFi technology all enable users to enjoy high-speed WiFi access at home and in the office. It is therefore only natural that users prefer to use the same type of high-speed WiFi internet access services when they travel abroad as well.

Due to the above-mentioned new trends in mobile internet access, it is imperative that security be reviewed, the risks inherent to the public domain being simply too great to ignore. Trustive strongly recommends designing data access security protocols independently to the devices being used. Experts and suppliers should, in Trustive’s opinion, concentrate on providing secured access to data for internal or external use. Trustive understands the complexity of this design but, for the perceived future at least, we cannot escape current user behaviour patterns and trends and, in order to safeguard data, it is thus only sensible to address this subject sooner rather than later.

As carriers move to “à la carte plans”, business nomads working for small companies will pay increasing attention to which types of network they connect to and how much such mobile internet connections cost. Increases in workforce mobility will result in an increase in WiFi usage in the coming months and years. Today’s 3G and tomorrow’s 4G will be premium services, reserved for the top echelon of travellers. However, the vast majority of travellers will rely on WiFi access whenever they are abroad.

At Trustive, we have always worked to provide a secure infrastructure for travellers to rely on, primarily by establishing secure interconnections with our 100+ operator partners and by using the latest technology to protect our systems and sites. Trustive offers travellers a low-cost mobile internet access service that includes free WiFi software to detect and connect to Trustive WiFi hotspots in just one click. That, plus of course Trustive’s free secure web browser (also accessible via Trustive’s WiFi software) both enable travellers to connect easily and with peace of mind to the world’s largest WiFi hotspot network of 180,000 WiFi hotspots in 130 countries.

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Trustive’s Top 10 hotspots for October 2010

Posted by Trustive on October 25, 2010

The Top 10 premium WiFi hotspots, as voted for by the Trustive community…

1. Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, France
2. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands
3. Comfort Hotel André Latin, Paris, France
4. Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt, Germany
5. Malpensa Airport, Milan, Italy
6. Mercure Hamburg an der Messe, Germany
7. Brussels Airport, Belgium
8. Hotel Luxor Rimini, Rimini, Italy
9. Copenhagen Airport, Denmark
10. Gare de Lyon, Paris, France

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If you’re heading to Asia & Australisia, Latin America or North-Eastern Europe this month, don’t forget to check out Trustive’s regional passes before you leave home. Offering great coverage in 3 regions for just 0.02E/min, these passes are excellent value for money. Click here for more details and to sign up today>

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Trustive announces another WiFi network expansion

Posted by Trustive on October 5, 2010

Trustive's premium WiFi network expands once again! 180,000 premium hotspots in 130+ countriesTrustive confirms that its premium WiFi network has increased to 180,000 hotspots in 130 countries; “supporting your journey, wherever you’re going!”

Trustive, traditionally Europe’s No1 WiFi access provider, is very proud to be able to confirm that its popular WiFi network has grown once again and now includes 180,000 premium hotspots. This expansion includes the considerable consolidation of Trustive’s existing presence, particularly in Asia and Australasia (i.e. Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan etc.) but also the spread of coverage into new territories, including several Middle Eastern countries.

Trustive offers travellers extensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspots of more than 80 leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of WiFi hotspots and allowing Trustive customers access to these locations through a single click (single username and password plus a range of WiFi software for both computers and smartphones that detect Trustive hotspots and automate the log in process). Trustive recently extended their service offering to include a combined mobile internet pass providing international WiFi and 3G data roaming access in order to provide their customers with even greater coverage and flexibility.

This recent expansion to Trustive’s premium WiFi footprint means that not only is Trustive Europe’s No1 WiFi access provider, but also No1 in Asia and probably, the leading WiFi access provider in the world. Christian VanGhelder, managing director for Trustive explains that “Coverage will continue to be a key concern for travellers and this most recent network expansion is proof, were it required, of Trustive’s ongoing commitment to providing a truly world-class mobile internet service for its community of travellers. Trustive’s WiFi coverage now includes access at 750 airports, 32,000 hotels, 38,000 bars and restaurants, plus thousands of bus and train stations, marinas, convention centres and more venues besides. London, Paris, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Zurich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Taipei, Chicago – wherever you need to be, we aim to be right there at your side, providing low-cost but high quality mobile internet access and keeping you connected whilst on the move.”

For more information regarding Trustive’s entire network of 180,000 WiFi hotspots, customers are encouraged to consult Trustive’s online WiFi hotspot locator (www.trustive.com/hotspots/). Trustive’s online hotspot locator tool enables customers to locate Trustive hotspots using either the freestyle (search by address, postcode or city) or browse search tools, filter search results according to hotspot type (e.g. hotel, airport, bar/restaurant etc.) and then plan their journeys and WiFi access in advance. Hotspot results can even be downloaded and imported into various GPS systems (Tomtom, Garmin, Navman or Navigon).

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Samsung Galaxy S users can now roam easily with Trustive’s Easy2roam WiFi & 3G connection app

Posted by Trustive on September 27, 2010

mobile internet access for Samsung Galaxy S smartphones & all Android smartphonesOne-click WiFi & 3G access is now also available for Samsung Galaxy S users via Trustive’s FREE mobile broadband internet app, Easy2roam. This easy to use app enables Trustive customers to detect and automatically connect to:

  • Trustive 3G networks in 85+ countries worldwide
  • Trustive’s network of 140,000 premium WiFi hotspots in 110 countries

Seamless mobile internet access has never been so easy! Wherever you need to be, Trustive aims to be there at your side so why not visit our online coverage directory, enter your destination in the freestyle search box and plan your mobile internet usage BEFORE you travel.

Control your budget and monitor your usage in real-time, 24/7, with Trustive's international mobile broadband internet service.

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Top 10 hotspots for August 2010!

Posted by Trustive on September 1, 2010

Here are the ten top hotspots for this month as voted for by you:

  • Nice Cote d’Azur Airport (Airport), Nice, France
  • Stars’n’Bars (Bar/Restaurant), Monaco, Monaco
  • Camping la Créole (Camping), Merseillan Plage, France
  • Starlight Sweten Hotel (Hotel), Budapest, Hungary
  • Pudong International Airport (Airport), Shanghai, China
  • BMI Heathrow T1 (Airport), London, United-Kingdom
  • Hotel Gallia Montfleury (Hotel), Cannes, France
  • Malaga Airport (Airport), Malaga, Spain
  • Hotel Panorama (Hotel), Florence, Italy
  • Best Western, Coral Hotel (Hotel), Athens, Greece

Don’t forget to check out Trustive’s coverage before booking your hotel or making your summer holiday plans. Sign up for a Trustive WiFi pass for great value WiFi internet access at 140,000 premium locations worldwide or get a Trustive mobile broadband Internet pass that combines all the benefits of WiFi (most importantly no download quotas!) with a comprehensive 3G data roaming service.

For more information, please visit Trustive’s website

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Trustive’s new ‘Mobile Hotspot’ brings seamless 3G connectivity to all your favourite WiFi devices

Posted by Trustive on August 31, 2010

Some say that all good things come in little packages and the Trustive mobile hotspot is no exception! This lightweight, credit card sized, personal hotspot is the perfect travelling companion, giving Trustive customers seamless 3G internet access in 85 countries worldwide and enabling them to quickly and easily share this connection with up to 5 WiFi enabled devices (laptops, iPads, Google Phones, iPhones or any other WiFi enabled smartphones, cameras, game consoles, etc. ).

Whenever Trustive mobile broadband internet customers are not within range of a Trustive WiFi hotspot, then Trustive’s mobile hotspot is a quick and easy way of getting mobile internet access for up to 5 WiFi devices at any one time. This private and secure hotspot is delivered pre-configured for the customer’s personal use and is incredibly easy to use (with just one button – on/off), automatically connecting to Trustive’s international 3G network (available in 85 countries worldwide) and thereby providing the ultimate in wireless freedom.

Trustive’s mobile hotspot is the latest in a range of mobile internet connection solutions aimed at giving frequent travellers maximum coverage and flexibility whilst on the move. Customers may choose to share their secure mobile hotspot internet connection with their travelling companions or co-workers (up to 5 WiFi devices can be connected simultaneously), making it an ideal solution for business travellers who often need to set up a mobile office anywhere and at anytime.

Of course, the real advantage of Trustive’s mobile broadband pass is the dual nature of the service; by combining the convenient 3G internet access with WiFi access across Trustive’s network of 140,000 premium hotspots, Trustive customers are able to manage their mobile internet usage and retain complete control of the associated costs. Trustive highly recommends offloading data heavy tasks (up/downloading multimedia files, sending/receiving large e-mail attachments, watching online videos or TV replays etc.) onto Trustive’s WiFi network in order to take advantage of the ‘no download quota’ policy applicable to all WiFi sessions (WiFi sessions are charged on a per minute basis).

Christian VanGhelder, managing director of Trustive, says “Trustive’s goal has always been to provide a comprehensive, low-cost and most importantly an easy to use mobile internet access service for travellers and by removing the usual hassle and complexity associated with 3G data roaming solutions, our mobile broadband internet package combined with the new mobile hotspot really does fulfil all these criteria.”

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