Deutsche Telekom Signs Wi-Fi Sharing Deal with Fon
Published on: 4th Mar 2013
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Germany's Deutsche Telekom has signed a Wi Fi hotspot sharing deal with Fon which enables its users to make their Wi Fi routers available to other Fon users.
Users who share their home Wi-Fi with other users are granted access to millions of hotspots worldwide and free of charge.
The agreement will come into effect this Summer in Germany.
"The partnership with Fon fits perfectly with Telekom's network expansion strategy. The astonishing increase in data traffic calls for network optimization and expansion, as well as the implementation of new high-speed networks. By the year 2016, we want to set up more than 2.5 million additional hotspots in Germany with the WLAN TO GO offering," says René Obermann, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Telekom.
Fon currently supports more than eight million Fon Spots, with more than nine million subscribers. In UK, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Croatia, Fon customers share their broadband lines and, in return, they receive access to millions of Wi-Fi spots around the world. Fon also serves a large Wi-Fi community in Brazil.
The Fon community is constantly growing: This year Telekom will be launching the Fon service through its national companies in Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary.