Vodafone Spain and Vodafone Italy will join Fon’s global WiFi network
22 APRIL 2015. MADRID & MILAN.- Fon, the global WiFi network, entered a partnership with Vodafone Spain and Vodafone Italy to deploy community WiFi. Together they will build the largest WiFi network in Spain and Italy.
Fon has become the world’s largest community WiFi network with its original and unique crowdsourced approach. It is built by millions of users who share a bit of their WiFi at home. Today, more than 14 million members share and enjoy being part of the Fon Community.
Vodafone modems will become part of the Fon network, broadcasting two powerful, dedicated WiFi signals from a single broadband Internet source. One signal is encrypted and private. The other signal is public, but only accessible via password. Since the private network is always prioritized, there is no noticeable change in Internet speed for those who share.
Starting this week, Vodafone Spain will roll out the joint service to its customers. Vodafone Italy will launch the following week.
“Our partnership with Fon helps us to ensure that our customers are confidently connected wherever they are in the world. Fon technology will complement our existing services in Spain, while enabling us to offer our customers the convenience of being able to access the millions of Fon hotspots around the world.” said Babak Fouladi, CTO at Vodafone Spain.
These initial deployments will be completed by summer and there will be more than 2 million Vodafone-Fon Spots available in Spain and Italy by the end of the year.
“We are very excited to announce this partnership. Vodafone has been leading innovation in telecommunications for decades now. Working together with Vodafone on their WiFi strategy is a big step forward for Fon and for WiFi overall, which is becoming an integrated part of fixed and mobile communication”, said Martin Varsavsky, Founder and CEO of Fon.
The new countries, Spain and Italy, are top tourist destinations and will help complete European coverage in Fon’s dense network.
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 more than 14 million hotspots. Fon has offices in Madrid, London, Tokyo and New York. The company has partnerships with top telcos in all continents: BT (UK), SFR (France), NOS (Portugal), Netia (Poland), Deutsche Telekom (Germany, Croatia and Romania), OTE (Greece), KPN (Netherlands), Proximus (Belgium), MWEB (South Africa), Oi (Brazil), JT (Jersey Island), SoftBank (Japan),Telstra (Australia), KT (South Korea), and Vodafone (Spain and Italy). 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