KPN and Fon Start Rolling Out WiFi Network In The Netherlands
AMSTERDAM & MADRID. July 4th 2014.- KPN, the leading telco in the Netherlands, together with the international partner Fon, the global WiFi network, have started the roll-out of the joint WiFi network throughout the Netherlands. Starting now KPN customers get free internet access at thousands of hotspots in the country and millions worldwide. At the same time, international Fon members are now able to connect for free at all KPN WiFi with Fon hotspots.
Free access to Internet abroad
Thanks to the Fon technology, KPN broadband customers with a compatible modem securely share a little bit of their own WiFi at home and in return get access to free WiFi when they are on the go. There are already 13 million Fon Spots around the world, including in France, Belgium, Japan, Portugal and United Kingdom. KPN customers will be informed in advance about the roll out of the service, which is expected to be completed in September.
Free access to KPN WiFi in the Netherlands
Selected KPN customers with a mobile subscription and residential customers who have a non-compatible modem also get access to the entire KPN WiFi network within the Netherlands. International Fon members can now connect for free to all KPN WiFi with Fon. At this moment 250,000 hotspots are already available in the country and it is expected that the number will grow to 1 million by the end of the year.
Joost Farwerck, managing-director KPN Netherlands said: “Thanks to our partnership with Fon our customers can get free internet access on all Fon Spots when they are abroad. We see that our customers want to stay connected with home and this is a perfect solution for this!”
Alex Puregger, COO at Fon said: “We’re happy that KPN is making KPN-Fon available to its entire customer base. Soon, KPN customers will enjoy an amazing WiFi coverage in the Netherlands and when traveling. They will thank KPN by being more loyal customers. This collaboration with KPN is another important step, bringing us closer to our vision of dense Fon WiFi coverage worldwide.”
More information about KPN WiFi is available at kpn.com/kpnwifi
KPN is the leading telecommunications and ICT service provider in the Netherlands, offering wireline and wireless telephony, internet and TV to consumers and end-to-end telecom and ICT services to business customers. In Germany and Belgium, KPN pursues a Challenger strategy in its wireless operations and holds number three market positions through E-Plus and BASE. KPN provides wholesale network services to third parties and operates an efficient IP-based infrastructure with global scale in international wholesale through iBasis.
Fon was founded in February 2006 by serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky with the goal of blanketing the world with WiFi. Today the company is a global WiFi leader with 13 million hotspots in more than 200 countries. Fon has offices in Madrid, London, Tokyo and New York. Its partners include BT (UK), Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Oi (Brazil), SFR (France), SoftBank (Japan) and Telstra (Australia). For more information, please visit fon.com