SFR Uses Quiconnect

SFR selects Quiconnect to enhance its public WLAN network globally

May 16, 2007

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LONDON -- Quiconnect announces today that it has been chosen by SFR to broaden and enhance the French mobile network operator’s global WLAN roaming network by establishing exclusive bilateral interconnections with the world’s largest telecommunications companies, with particular focus in North America, Europe and Asia.

Capitalising on Quiconnect’s extensive experience as a systems integrator specialising in public WLAN interconnectivity and the numerous agreements already signed by Quiconnect with service providers and network operators globally, it is expected that up to 12 new bilateral interconnection deals will be established for SFR in the next 12 months. The first of these will be completed with PT Wi-Fi, part of the PT Telecom Group (Portugal). This means that SFR customers travelling to Portugal will now be able to log in easily at public hotspots operated by these carriers, yet be billed by SFR directly upon their return.

Jointly owned by Vodafone and Vivendi, with more than 17.9 million customers and 8,000 employees, SFR is the second largest mobile telecommunications operator in France. Working with key location owners throughout France, SFR has deployed a 400 location hotspot network at key high quality high traffic sites, with a further 400 to be added in 2007. With a particular focus on the Paris region, this will mean that there will be more than 550 locations in the capital alone, with customers able to get open air Wi-Fi access at La Défense, Europe’s largest business district, along with 4 French airports and hundreds of Exclusive, Best Western and Lucien Barrière operated hotels throughout the country.

Frédéric Bruneteau, SFR’s director of Wi-Fi roaming, says, “With our Wi-Fi traffic tripling since 2005, it is core to our business and of strategic importance. Firstly, we want to sell Wi-Fi to our existing customers who use our GSM, GPRS, 3G and HSDPA-based services, secondly, provide Wi-Fi coverage to customers where GSM is not available or 3G coverage is poor such as in China and the USA. And thirdly, we want to increase revenue and usage of our network from inbound traffic from foreign telecom operators.”

Quiconnect Ltd.

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