Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) May 10, 2005
College Station, TX Â FatPort, CanadaÂs largest Wi-Fi provider, and NetNearU (NNU), a leading provider of private label OSS software, have signed an agreement enabling bilateral roaming.
Wi-Fi roaming is an important and developing aspect of the wireless industry. Offering roaming access defines a successful venture as it provides a greater incentive for customers to purchase monthly accounts while greatly increasing the number of hotspots available to them.
FatPort manages over 300 locations in Canada mainly in hotels, restaurants and convenience stores. NetNearU has over 130 partner networks operating over 1,000 locations world wide. One of NetNearUÂs largest partner networks in FatPortÂs region is BroadbandXpress which operates an expanding network of over 70 marinas throughout the Puget Sound / Georgia Strait waterways.
ÂNetNearU is excited to partner with FatPort to extend Wi-Fi coverage throughout Canada for NNUÂs customersÂ according to Cody Catalena, NNUÂs President and Chief Operating Officer. ÂBroadband Xpress is a prime example of an NNU partner leveraging NNUÂs OSS to manage roaming activity.Â
ÂWe are very pleased with the Fatport roaming. We have a growing Canadian customer base who now can access not only the marina market but a huge land-based network in Washington and now in BC and the rest of Canada with one account. Nobody can touch the huge footprint that we now offer our customers with this strategic expansion. We are absolutely delighted,Â states Kevin Keating, BroadBandXpress CEO.
ÂFatPort is particularly pleased to be working with NetNearU as they significantly extend our network coverage worldwide,Â states FatPort CEO, Claudia NG. ÂFor example, our customers are now able to access marine locations through BroadbandXpress, which was previously a gap in our network coverage. Our customers expect to be able to access their accounts wherever they find Wi-Fi subscriber services, and with this agreement, weÂre bringing that a big step closer.Â
FatPort is Canada's most extensive wireless Internet service provider (WISP) and provider of Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) in public spaces. FatPort's custom-built FatPoint wireless access point enables location owners to quickly establish a commercial FatZone. In each FatZone, anyone with a wireless-enabled laptop or PDA may access the Internet at speeds many times faster than cellular networks. FatPort is now offering Voice over IP through its newly formed division, mobitus. FatPort is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ignition Point Technologies Corporation (TSX-VEN: IPN). http://www.fatport.com
BroadbandXpress is a prominent wireless company with expertise in most aspects of wireless deployment. BBX deploys Wi-Fi, licensed links, Wi-Max and a host of other radio spectrum. Its most prominent business is operating a high speed wireless network in the marine market in the northwest. The network now comprises in excess of 70 marinas and ports where boaters can get high speed access at up to 50 times the speed of dialup. The BBX Hot Zones are large areas of service where a boater can get access up to 3 miles with the BBX high power equipment featured in the BBX online Store. In addition to the marine network, users can get a variety of plans that provide access to the BBX roaming network of 120 marinas and 350 land locations.
About NetNearU Corp.
NetNearU Corp. provides an easy to deploy, comprehensive Operations Support System (OSS) for managing public Internet access networks including Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, Hotspot and Metro deployments. The company's software solution, TRACKOSTM, provides for real-time end-user self provisioning, authentication, billing, roaming support, network operability monitoring, configuration, reporting and more. Using TRACKOS, network operators can reduce their expenditures on capital purchases, software integration and development. NetNearUÂs solution enhances the speed to market for public access networks and provides for scalable, reliable and manageable network deployments. NetNearU also provides 24/7 branded end-user call center services, making NetNearUÂs solution and services a complete offering for public Internet access network operators. http://www.nnu.com
For Further Information:
Marketing Manager, FatPort
NetNearU Corp. (NNU)
2908 Finfeather Rd
Bryan, TX 77801
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