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Trustive announces major UK network expansion across 15,000 premium hotspots

Posted by Trustive on September 12, 2013

Roam on Trustive WiFi when travelling in the UK!

Europe’s No1 WiFi operator offers seamless and secure WiFi access to a further 15,000 premium UK hotspots.

Trustive, a leading international WiFi access provider and No1 in Europe, is pleased to be able to announce another major extension to its international WiFi network with the addition of 15,000 premium UK hotspots. This expansion includes 11,000 bar/restaurants, 2000 shopping centres, 250 outdoor/city-wide locations and many more key sites besides.

Trustive works tirelessly with local operators in order to ensure that only quality locations are incorporated into Trustive’s global WiFi footprint and this most recent UK network expansion includes 15,000 premium hotspots that fully support Trustive’s highest standards to ensure seamless, secure and high-speed WiFi access for Trustive’s community of travellers.

Crucially for travellers, Trustive offers extensive WiFi coverage in 130 countries, mainly focused in Europe, Asia and Latin America, and travellers can benefit from seamless access to this premium WiFi network via a range of free “Trustive WiFi” apps for smartphones and tablets (Android and iPhones/iPads) and connection software for laptops (Windows, Macs and Netbooks), which detect and provide seamless connectivity to Trustive WiFi hotspots. Trustive also provides customers with the tools to manage their WiFi usage effectively, including a range of prepaid WiFi passes, online account management tools for budget control and a secure web browser to provide additional security when required.

Full details of Trustive’s international WiFi hotspot network (which includes 500,000 premium locations worldwide) are available via Trustive’s online hotspot directory: http://www.trustive.com/hotspots/.

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The Growth in WiFi & The Growing Importance of Hotspot Quality Versus Quantity

Posted by Trustive on June 4, 2013

When WiFi hotspots first started being deployed, the priority was hospitality venues (bars and restaurants, hotels etc.) where WiFi was marketed as an, often free, value added service. The growing appetite for data consumption, which is a result of the popularity of smartphones and tablets combined with the developing online culture, is stimulating interest at new types of venues from visitor attractions, museums and event venues, who are looking for a means of informing the public, to petrol stations, retail outlets and supermarkets who are looking for innovative ways to promote brands or products using videos, QR codes and/or location services.

In fact, the number of WiFi hotspots is set to more than triple by 2015 from 1.3 million in 2011, to 5.8 million by 2015, a 350% increase, according to research published by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA).

In 2012 Trustive increased its WiFi network by adding another 200,000 premium WiFi hotspots in Europe, Brazil and China. This represents an increase of 60% and brings Trustive’s footprint to a total of 500,000 premium hotspots in 130 countries.

It is worth noting that Trustive does not include local household hotspots in its database (e.g. private hotspots where a separate WiFi channel is maintained by the operator for use by any of their customers who happen to be passing). Doing so can enable operators to advertise vast WiFi networks and theoretically be used as a means of offloading part of their domestic mobile traffic, but in reality such policies often simply result in confusion for users on the ground. Indeed, for the international commuters who make 340 million roaming trips each year, such hotspots are of little help.

Trustive’s priorities are:
• to integrate with hotspots in the most popular destinations worldwide,
• to prioritise premium venues such as hotels, conference centres, airports & urban hot zones,
• to provide a minimum level of secured access for commuters,
• to effectively manage Trustive’s 80+ partner operators in order to ensure the expected service level is maintained.

During 2012, Trustive’s traffic was concentrated in Europe (65%, which is normal for the number one WiFi operator in Europe!), but Latin America witnessed significant growth with 30% of Trustive’s overall traffic; the remainder was concentrated in Asia. In terms of venue popularity, 70% of Trustive sessions took place in hotels and convention centres where commuters regularly connected for more than three hours at a time and exchanged up to 12-14GB of data. 10% of sessions took place in airports and other travel hubs.

The evolution of WiFi
Trustive believes that the role of WiFi is evolving and moving away from simply being part of the hospitality business. Smartphones have become an open door to the world for consumers but in parallel, provide businesses with a direct link to active consumers. For example, in many cities public advertising is highly regulated and increasingly costly and Trustive is working with many retail brands, who are looking to use WiFi to communicate with consumers present in their immediate vicinity, either via the consumers own devices or via central displays.

Trustive also considers the involvement of local authorities to be very important in the evolution of the WiFi ecosystem. Local authorities are beginning to understand the importance of connectivity for visitors and are subsequently investing in the expansion of local WiFi networks, the installation of urban hot zones and the creation of connected cities. WiFi is also becoming an integral feature at event venues (such as stadiums) and its importance is also being recognised by some major operators who now incorporate it into their macro network strategy.

Managing WiFi access
Of course, with the consumer’s appetite for data consumption accelerating, WiFi access at premium venues has to be managed effectively and proactively. A best effort model is no longer enough, nor is it sufficient to advertise “free WiFi access” and then decide it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t work because it’s free. In the near future, any space where people meet, even for short periods, will become a prime candidate for truly high-speed WiFi access services and businesses will be obliged to provide WiFi access for their customers.

WiFi carriers will have to respond in kind, evolving in order to provide a variety of business models above and beyond the traditional debate of free versus paid models. The costs associated with providing and managing a quality WiFi service can be supported via one the following options:
• The venue owner, who will then pass on this cost in the local service (coffee, meal, ticket or room charge etc.)
• The end user, who will purchase access upfront
• Sponsorship or advertisements
• A combination of these models

The abundance of WiFi hotspots should not in any way detract from the difficulty associated with accessing hotspots in Asia, Europe or Latin America due to multiple portal designs in different languages and the local implementation and interpretation of standards.

Seamless access which simplifies the user experience through a single and secure login for multiple devices, cost and budget control are all clear requirements addressed to Trustive and to mobile operators, to be fulfilled through clear a roaming plan and simple tools to connect.

In conclusion, Trustive believes that this momentum for roaming opportunities will continue to accelerate in the short to medium term due to:
• The expansion of WiFi into new venues, such as premium retail brands and visitor attractions.
• A world of devices where WiFi is the common denominator (your 3G smartphone is probably not compatible with 4G but all devices have WiFi).
• The improvement and automation of the WiFi user’s experience by using SIM card identification to access WiFi services abroad and across multiple operators.

However, in order to be considered a true “hot zone” and thereby preserve the credibility of the venue itself (and/or the WiFi operator), it is imperative that the basic WiFi service supplied be one of high quality.

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2500 Hotspots in Brazil Make Trustive WiFi a Real Asset for Travellers to the Region

Posted by Trustive on February 22, 2013

Trustive’s seamless WiFi service, including full coverage at 10 international airports, is an asset for visitors to events such as the annual Carnival, the upcoming Football World Cup and the Olympic games.

Visitors to popular events in Brazil, such as the annual Carnival, the upcoming Football World Cup and the Olympic Games can all enjoy seamless WiFi access via Trustive’s network of 2500 premium hotspots in Brazil and 500,000 hotspots worldwide.

Whether you are planning to attend one of the upcoming events/exhibitions, relax at one of the famous tourist beaches in Copacabana or Salvador, take in the sights of Rio de Janeiro (Sugarloaf mountain or the Statue of Christ the Redeemer) or visit the amazing Iguazu Falls near Curibitia, enjoy seamless WiFi access at thousands of premium locations with a prepaid Trustive WiFi pass. Trustive’s premium WiFi network in Brazil includes popular restaurant chains, the 4-5* Estanplaza hotels (including the Gran Estanplaza in Sao Paulo) and Transamérica hotels and the main shopping malls.

Crucially for travellers, Trustive offers full WiFi coverage at 10 international airports (in both the arrival and departure lounges) in Brasil as well as at several regional airports, such as São Paulo/Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport [GRU], Rio de Janeiro/Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport [GIG], Viracopos International Airport [VCP], Brasília–Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport [BSB], Santos Dumont Airport [SDU], Tancredo Neves/Confins International Airport [CNF], Afonso Pena International Airport in [CWB] Curitiba, Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz International Airport [FLN] and Salgado Filho International Airport [POA] in Porto Alegre.

Seamless access is the key and travellers can benefit from seamless access to Trustive’s international WiFi network, including its premium airport hotspots in Brazil, thanks to a range of free connection software for laptops (Windows, Macs and Netbooks) and “Trustive WiFi” apps for smartphones and tablets (Android and iPhones/iPads), which detect and provide seamless connectivity to Trustive WiFi hotspots. Trustive’s range of WiFi connection software and apps is available for download via Trustive’s website. Full details of Trustive’s international WiFi hotspot network (which includes 500,000 premium locations) are of course available via Trustive’s online hotspot directory: http://www.trustive.com/hotspots/.

About Trustive

Trustive provides travellers with comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 500,000+ WiFi hotspots in 130 countries and allowing customers to access these locations through a single click.

 As a member of the WBA (Wireless Broadband Alliance), leading the WiFi ecosystem, Trustive is proposing its WiFi roaming services to operators wishing to achieve a seamless, secure, low-cost data access solution around the world.

 For more information about Trustive, please visit http://www.trustive.com.

If you are an operator, please visit: http://www.trustive.com/operators/.

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TRUSTIVE SIGNS MAJOR “DATA OFFLOAD” CONTRACTS WITH LEADING MOBILE OPERATORS

Posted by Trustive on February 12, 2013

With 2013 set to be the year of WiFi, mobile operators are turning to WiFi operators like Trustive for innovative, seamless data offload solutions to channel the growing demand from smartphones and tablets.

Various studies have highlighted the unprecedented growth in WiFi hotspot deployments in recent years and 2013 looks set to be the year of WiFi. Mobile data traffic is booming and laptops will soon be overtaken by smartphones and tablets (which have their own distinct usage patterns) in terms of number of connections at WiFi hotspots. As a leading WiFi aggregator, Trustive has witnessed this significant growth in traffic as well as the changes in usage pattern on its own international network.

Mobile operators are progressively integrating complementary network technologies, such as WiFi, into their cellular and/or broadband packages, not only for their domestic markets but more importantly for the international roaming markets. This transferral of data delivery from the traditional cellular networks onto, for example, WiFi networks, is called data offload and for the mobile operators, the main purpose of offloading data is to ease the congestion that is prevalent on many cellular networks.

low-cost 3G data offload opportunities with Trustive, Europe's leading WiFi operator

For end-users, the benefits of using mobile data offloading are primarily cost control and the availability of higher bandwidth. Smart-client software installed on the end-user’s device can handle the automatic and transparent session handover between the two network technologies as needed so that the service is provided seamlessly for the end-user.

In the fourth quarter of 2012 and in line with the trends highlighted above, Trustive signed major contracts with leading mobile operators in order to provide them with seamless access to selected parts of its international WiFi hotspot network via its WiFi roaming services programme.

Trustive provides proven integration tools and capabilities such as:

  • Secured, scalable and flexible AAA interconnect (including data mediation, exchange and archiving), billing and settlement infrastructure
  • Online web services providing network updates for dynamic and seamless user authentication
  • Online web services providing detailed hotspot information for automatic updates
  • 24/7 support in English and French
  • More than 10 years’ experience in international WiFi roaming agreements and integrations

These contracts are now in the final testing phases and full deployment will be rolled out over the next few months. For more details about Trustive’s WiFi roaming services programme, please visit: http://www.trustive.com/operators/

 

About Trustive

Trustive provides travellers with comprehensive WiFi coverage by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 500,000+ WiFi hotspots in 130 countries and allowing customers to access these locations through a single click. 

As a member of the WBA (Wireless Broadband Alliance), leading the WiFi ecosystem, Trustive is proposing its WiFi roaming services to operators wishing to achieve a seamless, secure, low-cost data access solution around the world.

For more information about Trustive, please visit http://www.trustive.com.

If you are an operator, please visit: http://www.trustive.com/operators/

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Seamless WiFi access to 500,000 WiFi hotspots is now available via Trustive’s MyHotspotter connection software for Windows 8

Posted by Trustive on January 24, 2013

Trustive's WiFi client, MyHotspotter for Windows 8, is now available for FREE download

Trustive’s MyHotspotter for Windows 8 is now available for FREE download via http://www.trustive.com/myhotspotter/windows/

Trustive’s free MyHotspotter software for Windows 8 devices is now available and provides Trustive customers with seamless detection of and connectivity to Trustive’s international WiFi hotspots, located in major cities round the world. 

Trustive, a leading international WiFi hotspot operator, is pleased to be able to announce the availability of its free MyHotspotter software for Windows 8 devices. This smart client software will provide customers with seamless detection of and connectivity to Trustive’s international network of 500,000 premium WiFi hotspots, which are located in major cities and at premium sites around the world. Travellers can download this free software directly from Trustive’s website http://www.trustive.com/myhotspotter/windows/

Whilst the key benefits of using any of Trustive’s software are that they detect and then provide customers with seamless, automatic and secure authentication to Trustive WiFi hotspots, as well as a means of easily logging off afterwards, MyHotspotter for Windows 8 also includes an “Enhanced WiFi Security” feature, which can be invaluable to travellers. Based on Cisco technology, Trustive’s “Enhanced WiFi Security” feature is a web encryption system that can encrypt the user’s data between their device and the public WiFi hotspot.

Christian VanGhelder, managing director of Trustive, says “Trustive is renowned for its commitment to providing travellers with reliable, high-speed WiFi access in premium venues (e.g. airports and travel hubs, hotels, marinas, bars and restaurants etc.), enabling them to enjoy all their favourite online activities (watching videos, sharing photos, emails, VoIP and video calls etc.) whilst retaining strict control of the associated costs. Now of course, with the availability of this smart client software for Windows 8, Trustive customers will also be able to enjoy the benefits of Windows 8 as well as more secure access for ‘sensitive’ activities like making airline and hotel reservations, checking in online, shopping, banking etc., thanks to Trustive’s “Enhanced WiFi Security” feature.”

Trustive’s range of WiFi connection software and apps is available for download via Trustive’s website. Full details of Trustive’s international WiFi hotspot network (which includes 500,000 premium locations) are of course available via Trustive’s online hotspot directory: http://www.trustive.com/hotspots/.

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Trustive joins the Wireless Broadband Alliance

Posted by Trustive on September 29, 2011

Wireless Broadband Alliance, an advocate for seamless WiFi access for users

A bastion of seamless WiFi solutions, it was only a matter of time before Trustive joined forces with the renowned Wireless Broadband Alliance!

Trustive, a leading international WiFi access provider and No1 in Europe, is very pleased to be able to confirm that it joined the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) this summer. Established in 2003 by a group of visionary telecom operators, the WBA seeks to engage its members in order to enable a seamless WiFi experience with the benefit of the end-user in mind; a goal that resonates closely with that of Trustive.

After more than 5 years in the WiFi business and the successfully creation of a vast global network of 300,000 WiFi hotspots spread across 130 countries, Trustive’s decision to now join the WBA may come as a surprise to some. However, Trustive appreciates the growing importance of WiFi and thus of collaborative organisations like the WBA in maintaining standards for end-users.

Why is WiFi growing in importance?

Over the last 10 years, travellers have become telecoms experts in their own right thanks to the proliferation and growing affordability of revolutionary new devices (smartphones, tablets, netbooks etc.) and the demand for bandwidth to sustain these customers’ expectations is way above and beyond that required by traditional mobile phone customers.

The smartphone and tablet users’ desire to continue their ‘online lifestyle’ (stream TV, videos or digital radio) whilst on the move means that everyone is quickly becoming experts at comparing WiFi and 3G services, understanding the associated costs and the implications in terms of speed and quality of service. Shunning their domestic mobile operators, travellers are happy to exploit new technologies (VoIP, IM) and embrace independent WiFi service providers, like Trustive, as an integral part of their mobile internet access portfolio in order to save costs.

WiFi may be hot again, but seamless access is essential!

Customers may appreciate that WiFi is faster and cheaper than 3G, but ease of access remains essential in order to ensure a good end-user experience and retain customer loyalty. Trustive has always worked and will continue to work to provide a secure infrastructure and seamless WiFi experience that travellers can rely on. This has been primarily achieved by using the latest technology to establish secure interconnections with Trustive’s 80+ operator partners, thereby creating a unified, global network of premium WiFi hotspots to which Trustive customers can have seamless access. Seamless connectivity is achieved using Trustive’s WiFi software (available for multiple platforms) that detects and automates access to Trustive’s WiFi hotspots.

WiFi as a viable 3G data offload solution for mobile operators

In response to the growing number of bandwidth greedy devices/customers, mobile operators are facing harsh choices – raising large quantities of capital with little or no guaranteed return in the short to medium term, raising retail prices and/or limiting customer bandwidth allowances, none of which would be popular with customers or shareholders. There is no escaping the wave of new devices scheduled for release over the coming months and years, nor the enthusiasm of the ‘net generation’ for their ‘online lifestyle’. Juggling the need for reliable, high quality, high-speed mobile internet access against the cost of providing such a service is therefore to be the key task for mobile operators. However there is another, remarkably low-cost solution available that has been largely overlooked up until now; namely to offload 3G data traffic onto WiFi networks.

Trustive has had the privilege of working with many national and international operators in order to offer them viable roaming and 3G data offload solutions that are tailored to their individual requirements and can be integrated directly into their existing billing and CRM systems.

Christian VanGhelder, Trustive’s managing director, summed up Trustive’s hopes for this new partnership “Like the WBA, Trustive has always been an advocate for the end-user, for a seamless WiFi service that is high-speed, high-quality, reliable and reasonably priced. We’ve endeavoured to educate our users in the pitfalls of excessive 3G usage abroad and to provide customers with the tools to manage their WiFi usage effectively (WiFi software to guarantee seamless access, online account management tools for budget control, a secure web browser to provide additional security when required etc.). It was therefore only a matter of time before Trustive joined the WBA and we now look forward to many happy years working together to achieve this common goal.”

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 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/

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Trustive’s WiFi footprint expands into South Korea

Posted by Trustive on September 20, 2011

Trustive’s Asian coverage receives a significant boost with the addition of 70,000 WiFi hotspots in South Korea.

Trustive, a leading international WiFi access provider and potentially No1 in Asia, is pleased to be able to announce a further extension to its international WiFi hotspot network, this time with the addition of 70,000 premium WiFi hotspots in South Korea.

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 in 130 countries and providing Trustive customers with seamless access to these locations (single username and password plus a range of WiFi software for both computers and smartphones that automate the log in process).

Trustive’s Asian network has grown significantly over recent years, with the addition of thousands of premium hotspots in, for example, China, Japan and India. This latest network expansion in South Korea provides travellers with WiFi coverage in 70 airport locations, including Jeju international airport, Incheon international airport, Gimpo International airport and Yangyang international airport, 5000 bars and restaurants as well as at hotels, university campuses, bus and train stations, sporting and amusement venues and of course in thousands of shopping centres and stores across the country.

Christian VanGhelder, Trustive’s managing director, commented that “Trustive is always looking to extend its premium international WiFi hotspot network by partnering with quality operators all across the world. We are thrilled that Trustive customers will now be able to access so many premium hotspots in South Korea, a destination of growing importance for business travellers.”

For full details of Trustive’s WiFi hotspot coverage, please visit http://www.trustive.com/hotspots/ 

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 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/

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Trustive announces a further expansion to its French WiFi footprint

Posted by Trustive on September 13, 2011

Europe’s No1 WiFi access provider’s latest expansion brings its total French footprint to 7,000+ premium WiFi hotspots

Trustive, a leading international WiFi access provider and No1 in Europe, announces a further expansion to its European footprint with the addition of significant hotspots across France. This expansion brings Trustive’s total French coverage to more than 7,000 premium WiFi hotspots.

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 in 130 countries and providing Trustive customers with seamless access to these locations (single username and password plus a range of WiFi software for both computers and smartphones that automate the log in process).

With this latest expansion to its international WiFi network, Trustive customers can now enjoy WiFi coverage at 20+ French airport locations (including Paris Orly and Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse-Blagnac international airport, Lyon Bron & Lyon Saint Exupery international airports, Lille, Montpellier, Strasbourg and Toulon international airports to name but a few), almost 2000 hotels, gites and campsites as well as in key convention centres like Paris Expo, the Palais de Congres in Paris and in various locations around the town of Cannes, which is the home of the renowned Palais des Festival (home to popular events such as the International Cannes Film Festival, MIPIM and MIPTV).

For full details of Trustive’s WiFi hotspot coverage, please visit http://www.trustive.com/hotspots/

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300,000 premium WiFi hotspots are now available to Trustive customers

Posted by Trustive on September 6, 2011

Trustive announces the consolidation of its international WiFi hotspot network in Europe, Asia & Latin America.

Trustive, a leading international WiFi access provider and No1 in Europe, is very pleased to announce another significant expansion to its international WiFi footprint. This most recent increase to 300,000 premium WiFi hotspots is primarily the result of the consolidation in Trustive’s leadership position in Europe (new network extensions in the UK, France and Eastern block countries) and also in Trustive’s newly developed markets such as Latin America and Asian.

“Trustive’s growth strategy is to continue to propose comprehensive coverage at quality hotspots in both Europe (our traditional stronghold) and fast growing markets such as Russia, Asia and Latin America” stated Christian VanGhelder, managing director of Trustive. “The WiFi hotspot business has become hot again due to an unprecedented need for broadband services by smartphone (e.g. iPhone & Android) and tablet users. The demand for bandwidth to sustain these customers’ expectations is way above and beyond that required by mobile phone customers. The smartphone and tablet users’ desire to stream TV, videos or digital radio whilst on the move means that everyone is quickly becoming experts at comparing WiFi and 3G services, understanding the associated costs and the implications in terms of speed and quality of service.”

Trustive customers have very little interest in complex billing algorithms. Trustive therefore takes the strain for the customer by combining the hotspot locations of more than 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 300,000+ WiFi hotspots in 130 countries and providing Trustive customers with seamless access to these locations using a simple pricing model.

This WiFi footprint is accessible automatically with the WiFi software (available for various devices via www.trustive.com) that detects and connects to Trustive WiFi hotspots. For up-to-date information about Trustive’s WiFi coverage, customers can 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 80+ leading WiFi operators into one unified, global network of 300,000+ 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/

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Trustive welcomes WirelessG’s G-Connect customers onto its premium, international WiFi network

Posted by Trustive on July 28, 2011

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 leading South African operator WirelessG. From this month, G-Connect customers can now roam across Trustive’s entire WiFi hotspot network, comprising 220,000 premium WiFi locations in 130+ 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. Trustive also works with operators wanting to create or extend an existing international portfolio by providing their customers with seamless, international WiFi access to Trustive’s premium network. Access can be achieved through a range of solutions, from semi-branded to fully white label services that can be integrated into an operator’s existing billing and CRM system, depending on each operator’s individual requirements.

WirelessG is one of the leading Wi-Fi providers in South Africa and has converged various networks, operators and platforms into a single revolutionary offering, G-Connect. G-Connect is a prepaid service, providing customers with a convenient way to connect to the Internet via 3G, Wi-Fi and ADSL. The service offers users a single username & password and prepaid wallet which can be used to connect via any of the three above-mentioned mediums.

Christian VanGhelder, Trustive’s managing director, welcomes Wireless G customers onto this premium WiFi network: “With 220,000 premium WiFi hotspots, including 46,000 hotels, 41,000 bars & restaurants, 1000 airports and thousands of other key locations all spread across Asia (118,000 hotspots), South America (2500 hotspots), Europe (90,000 hotspots) and beyond, we are confident that WirelessG’s G-Connect customers will soon be enjoying quick and easy WiFi access with Trustive, whatever their destination.”

“Our partnership with Trustive is a further enhancement to our value proposition, which is to offer reliable and high speed Internet services, backed up by a comprehensive and first rate network which ensures that our customers are able to connect anywhere, at any time” says Carel van der Merwe, CEO of WirelessG.

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 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 WirelessG

WirelessG was founded in 2002 and has since established itself as a leader and innovator in the South African broadband market. Being the first to offer a pioneering converged account – G-Connect – which offers out clients access to the Internet via 3G, Wi-Fi and ADSL, WirelessG is fast evolving into one of South Africa’s leading telecommunications enabling enterprises. For more information visit www.gconnect.co.za

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