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GOWEX Offers Skype Users Convenient, High Speed Internet Access Throughout Their WiFi Networks

Under the partnership, Skype users can now access GOWEX WiFi networks worldwide in over 60 cities with a connection speed up to 6 MB.

Madrid, Spain, February 17, 2012 --( GOWEX (GOW-MAB, ALGOW-NYSE Euronext), a leading company in the creation of WiFi Smart & sustainable cities, has just signed an agreement with Skype which will allow Skype WiFi users to connect to the Internet through the WiFi networks that GOWEX promotes, develops and manages in over 60 cities.

Shadi Mahassel, Product Manager for Skype WiFi comments, “We are pleased to partner with GOWEX, who has vast experience in offering wireless services hand in hand with municipalities, transportation companies, franchises and associations. This partnership further expands the Skype WiFi coverage in important cities where GOWEX operates their WiFi in Europe, offering Skype users convenient and high speed Internet access in even more locations worldwide.”

Skype has more than 200 million connected users every month using over 300 billion minutes of video and voice calls annually[1]. With Skype WiFi travelers around the world with the latest version of Skype installed on their Windows or Mac device, or the Skype WiFi app on iOS**, can enjoy a cost-effective and easy way to get wireless Internet access and stay in touch with family and friends, whether they are on a business trip or enjoying their holidays abroad.

Under the partnership with GOWEX, users residing in Spain or visiting any of the GOWEX WiFi cities, can connect with their laptop or iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 4.1 or above with multitasking) and surf the Internet, make unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls and send instant messages at no additional cost to friends and family, at high connection speed (up to 6MB) provided by GOWEX in cities including Madrid, Gijon, Burgos, Seville, Malaga, Bilbao and Bordeaux.

To access GOWEX WiFi networks, users need to have a Skype account, some Skype Credit and accept the terms of service of GOWEX. Prices start from €0.16 (VAT included) per minute and users will only be charged for the minutes they are connected to the Internet. Once they are in a GOWEX WiFi Smartzone, Skype WiFi users can log in using their Skype account details and start surfing.

“We are really pleased that Skype has chosen GOWEX as a Skype WiFi Partner, so that the millions of Skype users around the world can connect conveniently in all the cities and public transport that GOWEX manages in Spain and in the rest of the World. This allows us to consolidate as WiFi connectivity leaders in cities for a communications software provider as Skype as well as for device manufactures and carriers” says Jenaro Garcia, CEO of GOWEX.

GOWEX (GOW-MAB, ALGOW-NYSE Euronext) has been 12 years operating in the Telecommunication sector and it’s currently leading the creation of WiFi Cities offering Free & Premium WiFi connectivity in streets and transportation. The coverage of the company extends today to more than 60 cities national and worldwide, thanks to agreements with Public Administrations, Franchises, Associations and Transportation.

In all the WiFi cities GOWEX works to create Wireless Smartcities® (WiFi Smartcities) launching free wireless internet that improves the citizen’s services with wireless connectivity: online home electric meters, traffic lights control, public transportation fleet management or CCTV etc.

“The Street WiFi is a new communication channel for citizens and their success can be seen in our WiFi Networks growth which has reached 15%,” affirms Jenaro García CEO de GOWEX.

In 2010, it has become the first and only Spanish SMB to make a “dual listing,” publicly traded in the MAB (GOW) and the NYSE-Euronext (ALGOW). The company's total revenue in 2010 amounted to 49 million euros. On July 2011 GOWEX subscribed a 7 million € capital increase with a 100% over-demand (doubling expectations).

With offices in Madrid, Burgos, Buenos Aires, London, San José (Costa Rica), Paris and Shanghai, GOWEX develops a sustainable business model in their WiFi networks, based in efficient and technical quality of their patented platforms: The Roaming platform, which allows users to connect freely in all the cities, the Geolocalization Content and Advertisement platform, which provides a financing business through marketing and advertisement agreements.

In 2011, GOWEX joined the Wireless Broadband Alliance and received a prize for the “Best Web Company” in the Internet Day.

[1] Source: Skype, 2011

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