Traffic to Brazil’s Largest WiFi Network Grows Exponentially
- With more than 2.3 million hotspots in Brazil, Oi-Fon is the largest WiFi network in South America
- Over 50,000 new daily connections to the Oi-Fon network during the first few weeks of August and the number of foreign users increased by 400%
24 AUGUST 2016. RIO & MADRID – Fon, the world’s largest WiFi network, and Oi, the leading Brazilian telecom operator in the WiFi business, registered millions of connections to their WiFi network during the month of August. Powered by Oi and Fon, it is the largest WiFi network in both Brazil and in South America.
The influx of visitors boosted the usage of the Oi-Fon WiFi network as both tourists and locals made use of its extensive coverage, comprised of over 2.3 million hotspots nationwide. During this period, the number of foreign users increased by 400% and new daily connections to the network exceeded 50,000. This was likely due to the thousands of tourists traveling to the area for the international event taking place in the country at the time.
Data traffic also increased greatly when compared to the same period last year, driven by more than 5 million total connections. The average user consumed much more data on a daily basis, as videos, photos, and social media interactions flooded the internet from key cities in Brazil, including Rio, where the network has over 100,000 hotspots alone.
These remarkable figures highlight the importance of WiFi as a basic consumer service. Access to WiFi enables worry-free communication and a fully connected experience with no data limitations. With more and more people traveling abroad to attend different worldwide events, Fon anticipates continued strength in user connection patterns, underlining the importance of connectivity at such historic affairs.
Fon was founded in 2006 by serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky with the goal of blanketing the world with WiFi. Today the company is a global WiFi leader with more than 20 million WiFi hotspots. Fon has offices in the world’s top capitals, working in partnership with more than 20 leading telcos that use its multi-functional WiFi Service Management Platform to help them fulfil their WiFi strategy. Fon’s international partners include BT, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Oi Brazil, SoftBank Japan, and Telstra Australia. Innovating in the WiFi industry is part of Fon’s DNA. Our vision is to be always on, always on the move. For more information, please visit fon.com