We’ve built the world’s largest community WiFi network of over 21 million hotspots.
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.
Fon founded by Martin Varsavsky. 9,000 members join the community network during the first month
Smartphone penetration and WiFi demands grow rapidly. Fon reaches 400,000 Fon hotspots globally
1.2 billion people have a WiFi-enabled device and wireless connectivity becomes essential. Fon surpasses 3 million Fon hotspots
Fon becomes a global WiFi leader. With telco partners from 5 continents, Fon grows to 14 million hotspots
Fon hits the 20 million Fon hotspots mark, expanding our footprint across both residential and prime public locations
With over 60% of all mobile communications flowing over WiFi, Fon keeps up with increasing demand by launching the Fon WiFi app
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.
Qualcomm, the engine of mobile, part of Fon’s strategic investors.
British Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, two of the world’s most innovative telcos, are Fon partners.
Google and Microsoft are shareholders at the same time in one company.
Fon was the first European company Google invested in.
Offices across the world
Madrid / London / Tokyo /
More than 20
leading WiFi partners
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, 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
C/Quintanavides 15 Edificio 2, Planta 1, 28050 Madrid