On the heels of an announcement of an upgraded roaming settlement offering from iPass, AirPath introduced a roaming services platform: The service helps hotspot operators manage the contracting, rating, billing, settlement, and clearing among roaming partners.
The AirPath press release stresses that the solution is "provider neutral" which seems to be a response to services from iPass and RoamPoint. The Cloud is a majority shareholder in RoamPoint. Users of the iPass solution must essentially become part of the iPass network because they must allow iPass customers to roam onto their network.
Several months back roaming was the central issue in trying to encourage hotspot usage to take off. Now several companies have developed solutions making it easier for hotspot operators to form roaming deals with each other. Now, operators just have to start using these offerings.