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JiWire to Provide Worldwide Hotspot Directory to Europe's Largest Wi-Fi Network Operator; ''The Cloud'' Subscribers to Have Quick Access to World's Most Complete and Accurate Directory of Wi-Fi Hotspots.

SAN FRANCISCO -- JiWire, the Wi-Fi hotspot authority, today announced that The Cloud, Europe's largest Wi-Fi network operator, has selected JiWire to power The Cloud's worldwide Hotspot Locator. The Hotspot Locator is available in English, German and Swedish and enables The Cloud's customers to search for a hotspot by location and venue type. The Hotspot Locator also provides detailed hotspot venue information, including maps, directions and location amenities. More information about JiWire's business-to-business offerings and free downloads of JiWire's worldwide hotspot directory are available from www.jiwire.com.

"By selecting JiWire, we can provide our customers with the world's best Wi-Fi hotspot directory and free ourselves from the continuous burden of maintaining, verifying and upgrading our ever-expanding site list. We are adding over 100 sites every month and need to maintain an up-to-date service for our customers," said James Saunders, CMO of The Cloud. "JiWire is the leading provider of verified public Wi-Fi hotspot information, and they are the perfect choice to power our Hotspot Locator."

"Public Wi-Fi usage is growing exponentially around the world, and a critical part of any broadband provider's services is helping customers to easily find Wi-Fi hotspots when they're away from home," said Kevin McKenzie, CEO of JiWire. "Our verified Wi-Fi hotspot directory will enable The Cloud to provide its subscribers with organized, detailed information about The Cloud hotspots in Europe."

The Cloud is launching its new directory at the same time as it is introducing its UK-wide Ultra WiFi, a new flat-rate subscription package that offers unlimited Wi-Fi time for a market-leading GBP 11.99 per month.

About JiWire

JiWire, the Wi-Fi hotspot authority, maintains the world's most complete and accurate directory of verified public Wi-Fi hotspots. JiWire's products and services enable Wi-Fi users to connect to the Internet quickly and securely, enable Wi-Fi hotspot operators to monetize their network investments, and enable marketers to deliver highly targeted hotspot advertising. JiWire's products and services have been selected by leading companies, including CNET Networks, iPass, The Cloud, USATODAY.com and the Wi-Fi Alliance. For more information and free downloads, please visit www.jiwire.com.

About The Cloud

The Cloud offers sophisticated national wireless LAN coverage in hotspot and hotzone locations throughout the UK, Sweden and Germany. The Cloud's infrastructure is a multi-service provider platform, which allows providers such as ISPs, mobile operators, gaming, VOIP and broadband companies to offer a fully branded wireless LAN experience to their customers. With The Cloud, site owners maximise their revenue potential by supporting all major service providers at their location and customers enjoy the best possible experience and maximum ease of use. Launched in mid 2003, The Cloud actively partners with Vonage, O2, BT, Vodafone, Skype, iPass, Nintendo and Intel, among others, to facilitate the growth of wireless broadband services across Europe. The Cloud's investors include 3i IT Provider and Accel Partners, Europe. The Cloud was recently nominated as a Technology Pioneer at The World Economic Forum and as a Red Herring Top 100 Company.
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