Fon is the global WiFi network

We’ve built the world’s largest community WiFi network of over 21 million hotspots.


Our story

In 2006, serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky founded Fon with the mission of blanketing the world with WiFi.

 

Driven by a community WiFi approach, and through strategic partnerships with leading telecommunication companies and WiFi providers including British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom Group, SFR, SoftBank, Telstra, KPN, Proximus, Vodafone, Virgin Media, and The Cloud, we have created a globally connected WiFi network.

 

Our footprint is now made up of over 21 million hotspots worldwide and it’s growing every day. We have achieved this growth by aggregating both residential and prime public WiFi footprints, as well as facilitating interconnection between WiFi services.

 

We are experts in keeping people seamlessly connected and our goal is to connect people and businesses to WiFi, wherever and whenever they need it.

 

While we continue to focus on growing our global network, we wanted to take our experience and unique technology further and enable our clients to build and manage their very own WiFi networks and offer value-added, WiFi-based services. For this reason, we launched Fontech, our technology arm that makes managing WiFi smart and simple.

 

In April 2018 we decided to take this ambition even further through the acquisition of XCellAir, an expert in WiFi Quality of Experience. You can find out more about that here.

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-enabled device and wireless connectivity becomes essential. Fon surpasses 3 million Fon hotspots

2014

Fon becomes a global WiFi leader. With telco partners from 5 continents, Fon grows to 14 million hotspots

2016

Fon hits the 20 million Fon hotspots mark, expanding our footprint across both residential and prime public locations

2017

With over 60% of all mobile communications flowing over WiFi, Fon keeps up with increasing demand by launching the Fon WiFi app

Our partners share our vision

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

briefcase_white-01-70x70

Offices across the world

Madrid / London / Tokyo /

Houston

user_white-01-70x70

200+

employees

roaming_white-01-70x70

More than 20

leading WiFi partners

Our team

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 and GM Fon US

Enrique is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Fontech’s business, enabling CSPs to deliver WiFi 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 Senior 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 ensuring the company stays ahead of the competition and remains 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 qualified with a degree in Telecommunications Engineering witspecializationtion in Telematics from the School of Engineering (ESI), at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao.

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.

Alessandro Lambertini - Network Access Director

Alessandro leads the Network Access business within Fon, targeting end consumers, telcos, and third-party companies that require access to the Fon Network. With more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategy, Alessandro is an expert in defining and implementing digital and offline mass-consumer marketing strategies. He holds an MBA from London Business School and a Systems Engineering degree from Universidad Metropolitana.

santiago
Santiago Lopez Cano - Director of Sales & Delivery

Santiago leads the Sales and Delivery areas within Fontech. Starting as a software developer, he has more than 20 years of experience in IT and has held several executive positions in Engineering, Sales, and Marketing in companies such as Ericsson, Fujitsu, OneAccess, and Cisco, where he spent 17 years running as Director of the Enterprise & Service Provider vertical, amongst others, for Spain and Portugal. Santiago holds a BSc and an MSc in Telecommunication Engineering at UPM, and has completed an Executive General Management Program at IESE.

María Rodriguez - Director of Marketing, Communication & Design

Maria leads Fon’s marketing and communications activities globally, and oversees the company’s brand image. With more than 14 years of experience in strategic branding and marketing, Maria has worked in different agencies (Delvico and JWT), consultancy firms (Landor, Interbrand, and Kantya), as well on the client side within a variety of technology companies (Vee24 and Equifax). Maria holds an MBA from the University of Sydney and a double BA in Management and Marketing from University of Leeds and Complutense University.

francisco operations director
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 honors, from the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Miguel Vicario - Product Management Director
Miguel is responsible for the Product Management Team at Fon. With almost 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector, Miguel has held positions within multiple international companies. With a strong focus on developing products for Service Providers, he has worked both client side as well as for a variety of solutions manufacturers. Prior to joining Fon, Miguel led the EMEA Sales Engineering team at Ruckus Wireless. He has a Masters in Telecommunications from the Universidad Autónoma Madrid.
Borja Osorio - Head of Global Sales, Fontech

Borja leads Fontech 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.

Want to join

the Fon team?

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.


Headquarters

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