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BOLDstreet Global Roaming Service provides new billing, roaming options for Wi-Fi access

BOLDstreet Wireless Internet today released its Global Roaming Service Platform (GRSP), which it says is designed...


March 15, 2004  


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BOLDstreet Wireless Internet today released its Global Roaming Service Platform (GRSP), which it says is designed to increase Wi-Fi usage and Wi-Fi-enabled applications.

According to the Ottawa-based company, the GRSP lets consumers securely access thousands of hotspots worldwide, and offers simplified billing through mobile phones, prepaid services and SMS options.

The extended hotspot service, along with the new billing options, also gives carriers and ISPs more opportunities to generate revenue from their subscriber base and to attract new customers.

Wi-Fi becomes the basis for a broad range of service offerings beyond basic Internet connectivity, and serves as an add-on to existing cellular and wireless data plans.

The GRSP also creates opportunities for hotspots to offer promotions based on Wi-Fi use and introduce location-based services and discounts, the company said,

BOLDstreet will deploy the platform globally, beginning in North America in the next quarter. Nomadix, a supplier of public access solutions, is providing the global access equipment.

The company’s gateways have been deployed by a variety of domestic and international carriers, service providers and hotspots, while Canquest, a provider of prepaid services for both domestic and international telephone companies such as Bell Canada, Telus and Primus, is providing the authentication and prepaid infrastructure.

“Seamless roaming and transparent billing are the two most important factors for creating value for Wi-Fi, and everyone in the industry is working to make this a reality,” said Tom Camps, BOLDstreet’s president and CEO.