Fon, the global Wi-Fi network, and Telstra, the leading Australian telco, have announced a partnership to build the largest Wi-Fi network in Australia.
Fon will be key to Telstra’s 70 million euros Wi-Fi strategy, which will increase connectivity in the places Australians live, work and visit including cafes, shops, sports grounds and transport hubs.
From early 2015, Telstra home broadband customers with a compatible modem will be able to join the Wi-Fi community. In exchange for securely sharing a portion of their bandwidth with other Telstra Wi-Fi customers, they will be able to use their home broadband allowance via the Telstra Wi-Fi hotspot network, as well as gain access to more than 12 million Fon hotspots around the world.
Fon´s technology makes it possible to broadcast two, dedicated Wi-Fi signals from a broadband internet source. One signal is encrypted and private. The other signal is public but only accessible via password to registered Telstra Wi-Fi members and Fon customers.
Currently with more than 12 million hotspots, Fon is the world’s largest Wi-Fi network. In countries such as the UK, France, Germany, Japan and Brazil, customers already share their broadband connection and receive access to millions hotspots in the Fon network.
Telstra Corp. Ltd. (ASX: TLS; NZK: TLS)