TELEFONICA INTERNATIONAL WHOLESALE SERVICES SIGNS WITH TRUSTIVE FOR GLOBAL WI-FI ACCESS
Agreement extends the Trustive hotspot network
Telefónica International Wholesale Services has signed an international roaming agreement with Trustive, Europe’s leading wireless hotspot access provider. The agreement expands the global WiFi footprint for the Telefonica Group, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. As a result, Telefónica customers will gain access to the Trustive network of hotspots which covers most major European airports and many other prime locations worldwide.
The agreement enables Telefónica to provide its customers with a fully Telefonica-branded user experience that will also simplify navigation when roaming – a key customer requirement. Users will now be able to access the network wherever they are in the world through Trustive’s integration of a fully branded Telefónica landing page. Telefónica de Espa?a, a member of the Wireless Broadband Association, is the first Telefonica Operator to adhere to the agreement, which will extend to the Telefónica Operators in Latin America soon thereafter.
The agreement also allows Trustive wholesale customers to access Telefónica’s 2,100 hotspots in Spain. The Trustive network includes over 30,000 hotspots worldwide, of which 23,000 hotspots are already available, with the remainder becoming accessible within 60 days.
Gavin Dresselhuis, co-founder and managing director of Trustive, said: “Telefónica is the largest hotspot access provider both in Spain and Latin America, and this agreement is a further endorsement of our strong wholesale position in the market.
Virginia Cortés, Agreements Strategy and Development at Telefónica International Wholesale Services, said: “Telefónica is committed to extending its global Wi-Fi footprint, both through direct agreements with the most important operators in the world as well as through global agreements like this one with Trustive”
Trustive is Europe’s leading wireless hotspot access provider and one of the fastest growing in the world. Through roaming agreements, Trustive is meeting the end-user demand for access to a global network of hotspots by offering a unified service through an easy-to-use user interface, providing the end-user with one single login and invoice. Trustive is targeting both the retail and wholesale markets. Among Trustive wholesale customers are SFR, Vodafone Italy and Vodafone Netherlands.
Trustive covers most major European airports and many other prime locations and includes over 30,000 hotspots across 70 different network providers.
In addition to its Wi-Fi activities, as part of a partnership with the WiMAX Spectrum Owners Alliance (WiSOA), Trustive is already working with WiMAX operators to provide seamless roaming between WiMAX networks as well as to Trustive’s global WiFi network.
Created in 2003, Trustive is a privately-held company with headquarters in Amsterdam and R&D offices in Sophia Antipolis, France. http://corporate.trustive.com
About Telefónica Group and Telefonica International Wholesale Services.
Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalisation. Its activities are centered mainly on the fixed and mobile telephony businesses with broadband as the key tool for the development of both.
The company has a significant presence in 24 countries and a customer base that amounts more than 206 million accesses around the world. Telefonica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.
Telefónica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 4,773,496,485 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia) and on those in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo, New York, Lima, Buenos Aires and São Paulo.
Telefonica International Wholesale Services
Telefonica International Wholesale Services is the organization within the Telefonica Group globally providing international wholesale services.
Telefonica Wholesale, a leading player in the wholesale arena, offers customers with a specific and tailored care service as well as a wide range of services to support all their international needs including onnet termination with fixed and mobile operators of the Telefonica Group