KPN Signs Wi-Fi Sharing Deal with Fon
Published on: 23rd Jan 2013
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Netherlands based KPN has partnered with Fon, the world's largest Wi Fi network, to offer KPN customers access to Wi Fi hotspots in the Netherlands and to over 7 million Wi Fi hotspots abroad.
In the Netherlands, KPN customers will be able to share a portion of their own home bandwidth in exchange for free access on shared broadband connections of other KPN broadband customers in the Netherlands and Fon customers in other countries.
A separate Wi-Fi signal will be created for the part of the broadband connection that will be shared with other customers, which guarantees a safe home network for the individual KPN customer.
Fon has already deployed over 7 million Wi-Fi access points with several other telco companies around the world. Moving forward, Fon aims to have over 50 million shared connections in its international network within a couple of years.
The public Wi-Fi network will enable access in and around houses where shared connections are operational. The public Wi-Fi network therefor is complementary to KPN's mobile and fixed network with over 1,500 HotSpots in the Netherlands.
KPN expects to test the Wi-Fi network within the next half year. The commercial launch is planned for later this year.