Jazztel, FON Collaborate

Jazztel collaborates with FON to develop WiFi-sharing service

March 27, 2006

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MADRID, Spain -- Jazztel and FON have signed a collaboration agreement in order tojointly study the commercial opportunities that could arise from offering the services of the latterusing Jazztel’s infrastructure. Both companies will develop a product that will enable Jazztel’scustomers to join the FON community, the users network that share their WiFi connectionsthroughout the world.

In the first phase, Jazztel’s customers demanding this service will become what are called“Linus” users, those FON users that share their own WiFi connection in order to be able toconnect to any FON access point for free. Jazztel/FON customers will have a minimum 50% oftheir broadband guaranteed in exclusivity, so they will continue to enjoy Jazztel’s voice, Internetand television services with the best quality.

This agreement is the most relevant one signed already to build the WiFi Planet. The new WiFiproduct will be available commercially in several weeks time. At the moment, Jazztel has240.000 ADSL customers and continues its ADSL 2+ deployment, adding new central offices ona daily basis. As of today, Jazztel has 442 central offices in operation, with a direct coverage ofover 11.7 million lines throughout Spain.

According to Jazztel’s Executive Committee President, Rafael Conejos, “Jazztel has understoodits most advanced broadband Internet customers and is sensitive to its needs and demands. Asa result, we are offering them wireless broadband Internet connection throughout the world.Additionally, our customers will not find that sharing their Internet connections diminishes theperformance of their connection, as they enjoy the fastest ADSL connection in the Spanishmarket through our 20 Mb ADSL 2+ product.”

For Antonio Sáez, FON Spain Chief Executive Officer, “this is the first agreement with an ISP,out of the many that will be signed in the future, with an attractive business model for both theISPs and FON users. This is the first step taken by FON to create the largest and most efficientWiFi network in Spain, created by and for its users.”

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