Carrier WiFi

Top 10 Carrier WiFi Movers & Shakers

Alex Puregger, Managing Director and COO, Fon

Alex Puregger, Managing Director and COO of Fon , makes the list because he's turned WiFi into a shareable, social experience, making it accessible through more than 12 million access points (APs) across the globe. (See Smartphone Revolution Helps FON Find Acceptance.)

"He looks like he's been successful at not only getting partnerships, but putting them into action as well -- making sure they come to something," Heavy Reading's Brown says.

The premise behind the Madrid-based company's business is encouraging its users, whom it calls "Foneros," to share their WiFi connections with others to grow the footprint. Fon's customer base gets access to these crowdsourced APs as well as those it secures through carrier partners such as Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), KPN Mobile , and BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA). (See DT Preps Wi-Fi Push With FON, KPN Teams With FON for Wi-Fi, and BT Rebrands Wi-Fi Services.)

It broke into the US market in September through a partnership with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and, under Puregger's leadership, plans to make global expansion, particularly in the US, a much bigger priority in 2014. (See: AT&T Strikes WiFi Deal With Fon.)

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    Sarah Thomas 1/3/2014 | 2:54:52 PM
    Re: Another candidate! Thanks, Claus. Torbjörn is another good one to watch. I've spoken to Aptilo awhile back, but haven't heard what they are doing lately. I'll be curious to see how they're shaping handoff. 
    ClausHetting 1/3/2014 | 2:52:55 PM
    Another candidate! Hi Sarah

    You should have included Torbjörn Ward of Aptilo Networks - he's a guru and co-founder. Ericsson hardly market Wi-Fi at all, at least not to my knowledge. 
    Sarah Thomas 12/30/2013 | 12:29:55 PM
    Re: Thoughts on the list? Yeah, I almost included Ericsson on the list (put them in "people to watch" instead), particularly because of the handoff technology that introduced that is supposed to fix the authentication issue. But, the tech is proprietary and no customers were announced, so I think it may be too early to call it a success. Definitely something to keep an eye on though. They will do a lot more with their BelAir buy too.
    DOShea 12/30/2013 | 12:09:37 PM
    Re: Thoughts on the list? If you look at where a lot of the news has been coming from the last couple years, this list hits a lot of the key names. Vendor-wise, is someone from Ericsson worth consideration? I thought they were doing a lot after the BelAir deal, though I admit to not being very steeped in this particular segment.
    Sarah Thomas 12/27/2013 | 9:12:12 AM
    Thoughts on the list? So what did everyone think of the list? It's pretty extensive, but there's a lot of action going on in carrier WiFi and more to come next year. Did we miss anyone that should be on it?
    Sarah Thomas 12/27/2013 | 9:11:32 AM
    Re: Wifi Deployment My hope is that WiFi remains free, but I think the more it improves, the more operators wil look for ways to charge for it. I'm hoping they'll stick to other ways to monetize it like advertising, promotions and partnerships. It's hard to take something we've always enjoyed as free and make it a paid-for service.

    That's on the mobile side though. Cable is certainly booming in WiFi and is a different use case and business model a lot of the time. Seems like most are using it to encourage customers to upgrade to higher tiers of broadband service.
    MarkC73 12/23/2013 | 4:33:28 AM
    Wifi Deployment In the realm of personal consumer internet service, do you think Wifi will move from an on par benefit to a true differentiator?  Locally, and I don't have the service myself, but heard that TWC did a pretty good job with their Wifi deployment.  It's pretty new so it's probably underutilized but heard the coverage on the streets they do have installed is pretty responsive and seamless (and it's free for their customers).

    I think mobility is key, people want easy access, a free hot spot is one thing, but would you add to your monthly bill in order to have limited but predictable wifi in major urban areas?  I mean the more coverage you build and the more predictable stable service, the more cost that's associated with it.
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