Building a WiFi community network since 2006

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Fon started as an innovative idea that has evolved into an established international company.


Our Evolution

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In 2006, Fon was founded by serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky with the goal of blanketing the world with WiFi. The idea was simple: if users shared a bit of WiFi at home, they could connect for free to others who did the same.

 

With this mission, we invented a new type of router that would split the home WiFi signal in two, one private and one public. With the “Fonera” router, people from all over the world could join a crowdsourced WiFi community. Community WiFi was born!

 

Immediately, telecommunications companies were interested in the idea of a community network. International operators joined our network, giving all their subscribers the opportunity to become Fon members by installing the Fon functionality in their home routers.

After several innovative developments and many international partnerships, we now lead the WiFi industry with millions of global hotspots in cooperation with the most important telcos in 5 continents, including British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, SFR, KPN, Proximus, Oi, Softbank, Telstra, and Vodafone among others.

 

But we have expanded beyond residential WiFi. By interconnecting networks and aggregating hotspots, our footprint now includes premium locations such as airports, convention centres, cinemas, cafes, and restaurants.

 

With more than a decade of experience in the industry, we launched Fon Solutions, a cloud-based, carrier-grade WiFi solutions platform. Designed specifically for operators and managed service providers, Fon Solutions is used to deliver WiFi services over hotspots – essentially allowing them to build their own WiFi networks!

 

We are committed to unifying the WiFi ecosystem to make global WiFi more accessible – 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 hits the 20 million Fon hotspots mark and launches its new technology platform, Fon Solutions

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. Fon CEO
Alex Puregger - CEO, Executive Director of Board

Alex leads an executive and highly skilled team focused on achieving Fon’s vision to blanket the world with WiFi. He has more than 17 years of experience with telecommunications and media working on revolutionary initiatives ranging from strategy to implementation. He led strategic projects for Booz&Co such as establishing the Booz office in Vienna, leading the telecommunications team in Madrid, among other notable achievements. 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.

Juan Pablo Dama. Fon CFO
Juan Pablo Dama - CFO

Juan Pablo manages the company’s finance, accounting, and business intelligence. Before working at Fon, Juan Pablo worked on the financial team at Yahoo! Dublin, specialising in affiliate partner relationships. He led the migration of Yahoo! Financial applications to CRM and ERP standards. Juan Pablo received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from USAL, Buenos Aires, and an Executive MBA from I.E. Business School in Madrid.

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

Enrique supervises the company’s technology developments together with the operation and maintenance of Fon’s network, systems, and infrastructure. Additionally, he manages integration projects with new partners and supports existing ones. 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.

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

Carleen leads the business development and sales efforts at the company. 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.

Lurgui Anginzoniz. Fon Head of Engeneering
Iurgi Arginzoniz - CINO

Iurgi oversees the development of the company’s full range of WiFi products. Iurgi is a WiFi technology expert and has been with Fon since its inception. Before starting at Fon, Iurgi worked as the technology manager for Air Bites, a Swisscom AG venture. He led the development and systems teams and was responsible for technical client relationships. 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.

Maria Rodriguez. Fon Head of Marketing, Communication and Design
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.

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

Ricardo leads customer experience and the access business including pass sales and advertising for Fon. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the mobile sector. 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, where he launched its first offers combining broadband and mobile devices. Ricardo holds an MSc in telecommunications engineering and an MBA from the London Business School.

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 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

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.