Pioneers of residential WiFi sharing

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We revolutionised carrier WiFi with our technology, creating a globally connected WiFi network. Fon started as an innovative idea that has evolved into an established international company.


Our story

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In 2006, serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky founded Fon with the mission of blanketing the world with WiFi. Pioneers of residential WiFi sharing, we revolutionised carrier WiFi with our technology.

 

Through strategic partnerships with leading telecommunication companies on five continents including British Telecom, the Deutsche Telekom Group, SFR, Proximus, KPN, Cosmote, MWEB, SoftBank, Telstra, and Vodafone among others, we have created a globally connected WiFi network.

 

With more than a decade of experience providing carrier WiFi services around the world, our technology is used to manage more than 20 million hotspots across five continents, and we wanted to use our expertise and unique technology to help our clients build and manage their very own WiFi networks. While still committed to providing WiFi access worldwide, we have continued to innovate through two leading business areas.

 

Fon Solutions offers best-in-class WiFi products and services. Designed with communications service providers (CSPs) in mind, our cutting-edge platform Fon WiFi Service Management Platform (WSMP) allows these companies to deploy, configure and operate carrier-class WiFi services on hotspot networks.

 

Fon Network aggregates residential and premium carrier WiFi footprints creating one coherent global WiFi network. We facilitate WiFi interconnection between carriers, provide access deals to interested parties, like enterprises and device manufacturers, and enable seamless user roaming.

 

As the world’s leading carrier WiFi provider, we believe in a future where people connect to millions of WiFi hotspots – seamlessly, securely, and everywhere.

An animation recreating the conceptual construction of Fon's logo. A combination of the WiFi icon, the location pointer and an air balloon compose the global WiFi community network logo

Highlights

2006

Fon founded by Martin Varsavsky. 9,000 members join the community network during the first month

2008

Smartphone penetration and WiFi demands grow rapidly. Fon reaches 400,000 Fon hotspots globally

2011

1.2 billion people have a WiFi device and wireless connectivity becomes essential. Fon surpasses 3 million Fon hotspots

2014

Fon consolidates its position as a global WiFi leader. With telco partners from 5 continents, Fon breaks the barrier with 14 million Fon hotspots

2016

Fon hit the 20 million Fon hotspots mark and built a robust carrier-grade solution for CSPs so they can manage WiFi services

Our partners share our vision

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At Fon, we bring together a unique group of top tier investors, who pursue very different businesses, but all share our vision of making WiFi more accessible.


The logos of both Microsoft and Skype, both Fon investors.
Index Ventured logo, one of Fon's investors.
BT logo, one of Fon's investors.
Google logo, one of Fon's investors.
Coral Group logo, of of Fon's investors.
Atomico logo, one of Fon's investors.
Index Ventured logo, one of Fon's investors.
Qualcomm Ventures logo, one of Fon's investors.

Fast facts

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Offices in the world’s

top capitals

Madrid / London / Tokyo /

New York / Rio

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Around 150

employees

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More than 20

leading telco partners

Our team

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Martin Varsavsky. Fon Chairman and Founder
Martin Varsavsky - Founder, Chairman of Board

Martin, an Argentinian entrepreneur and philanthropist, is the chairman and founder of Fon. Before founding Fon, he established several highly successful companies such as Viatel, Jazztel, Ya.com and was Ambassador-at-Large of Argentina. Martin also teaches entrepreneurship at Columbia University and New York University in the U.S. and presides over the Varsavsky Foundation and the Safe-Democracy Foundation.

Alex Puregger - CEO, Executive Director of Board

Alex, with more than 17 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, is Fon’s CEO and Executive Director of Board. He leads an executive and highly skilled team focused on achieving Fon’s vision to blanket the world with WiFi. For nearly 10 years, he managed revolutionary initiatives in the telco and media sectors at Booz&Co, and led the telecommunications team in Madrid. Alex is fluent in four languages and holds a Master’s Degree in International Business from the University of Vienna and studied at Georgetown University in D.C. and at ISG in Paris.

Enrique Farfán. Fon CTO
Enrique Farfán - COO, Director of WiFi Solutions

Enrique is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Fon’s WiFi Solutions business, enabling CSPs to deliver Wi-Fi services to 20M hotspots worldwide. Enrique has international experience in the telecommunications and semiconductor sectors. Prior to Fon, he managed SIM-card production planning and execution at SanDisk and worked as Sr. Engineer for microprocessor manufacturing at Intel. Enrique holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University.

Lurgui Anginzoniz. Fon Head of Engeneering
Iurgi Arginzoniz - CINO

Iurgi is in charge of Innovation and Strategy at Fon. He focuses on evolving Fon and preparing the company to stay ahead of competition and continue being innovative. Iurgi is a WiFi technology expert and has been with Fon since its inception. With over 10 years in the company, he has overseen the design and architecture of the company’s products and services. Before starting at Fon, Iurgi led the development and systems teams as technology manager at Air Bites, a Swisscom AG venture. He is fluent in four languages. Iurgi received a degree in Telecommunications Engineering with a specialisation in Telematics from the School of Engineering (ESI), at University of the Basque Country, Bilbao.

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David Guijarro - Director of Finance

David manages the company’s finance, accounting and business intelligence. He started his professional career as Financial Manager and controller, working for companies in various industries. Before moving to Fon, he worked as CFO of Ilion Animation Studios, U-tad University, and Pyro Mobile. David received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from ESADE, Barcelona, and an Executive MBA from the IE Business School, Madrid.

Daniel brandi director development
Daniel Brandi - Director of Development

Daniel is the Director of Software Development at Fon. He leads the company’s DevOps, engineering, and development initiatives. After 8 years as a technical consultant, Daniel assumed the role of CTO at Amazon’s BuyVIP and Toprural. He later founded two startups, tagUin and etece, and managed the technical platform of Planeo (Prisa Group) before joining Fon. Daniel has a degree in Telecommunications Technical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

Ricardo Carbonero. Fon Head of Access and Roaming
Ricardo Cabornero - Director of Access & Roaming

Ricardo leads the access business including access for consumers, Telcos and any other companies that want to get access to Fon network. He has more than 15 years’ experience in mobile. Before joining Fon, he was in charge of Amazon’s Appstore for Android and Kindle Fire in Italy and Spain and led the Mobile Business Unit (an MVNO) for Jazztel, Ricardo also spent 10 years at Orange in marketing and strategy positions in Spain and headquarters in London. He holds an MSc in telecommunications engineering and an MBA from London Business School..

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María Rodriguez - Director of Marketing, Communication & Design

Maria leads Fon’s marketing and communications activities and oversees the company’s brand image. Prior to Fon, Maria worked for several WPP and Omnicom companies, providing strategic brand and marketing consulting services to corporate and consumer blue-chip clients in the technology, information services, banking, automotive, and FMCG sectors. Maria holds a double BA in Management and Marketing from University of Leeds and Complutense University and a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of Sydney.

Francisco Martin - Director of Operations
Francisco Martin - Director of Operations

Francisco is an expert in networking technology and leads the Operations team at Fon. He was involved in one of the first MPLS network implementations in the world while working at Telia Spain, and he also lead the design of the biggest WIMAX network deployment in Europe during his time at Iberbanda (Telefonica group). Francisco holds a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and a Postgraduate in Digital Signal Processing at the University of Alcalá, Madrid.

Jesus Mejía. Fon Head of Legal
Jesús Mejía - Director of Legal

Jesús oversees the company’s legal matters, including corporate governance, intellectual property, litigation and development. Prior to Fon, he worked for five years at Garrigues, Spain’s largest Corporate and Intellectual Property Law firm. Jesús holds a double Bachelor’s in Law and Business, with honours, from the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Borja Osorio - Head of Sales

Borja leads Fon Solutions sales efforts. He started his career working in IT Consulting for Soluziona (acquired by Indra) doing international projects in Latam and Europe. He then joined Fon shortly after the series A round. Borja has over 10 years of experience working with Telecom Operators from all five continents helping them to build and implement their WiFi strategy. Borja speaks four languages and has an undergraduate degree at Complutense University in Organic Chemistry and an MBA at ESADE.

Carleen Chou. Head of Business Development and Sales
Carleen Chou - Head of Business Development & Sales - Roaming

Carleen leads the business development and sales efforts for the Roaming business with Telco Partners. She started her career working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan. Before joining Fon, she held similar roles at Acciona, A.P.Moller-Maersk, and Global Crossing. Carleen completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University, her Master’s degree at the London School of Economics, and also an executive education program at IESE.

Want to join

the Fon team?

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We’re always looking for great candidates for our technical and commercial teams. Developers, network and systems engineers, QA, software architects, business analysts, and many other profiles are welcome to apply.


Headquarter

C/Quintanavides 15 Edificio 2, Planta 1, 28050 Madrid