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August 30, 2006
LONDON -- FON, the largest WiFi community in the World, and Onet, Poland's leading Internet portal, today announce that they have signed a strategic partnership to jointly develop products and services for the Polish market under the joint brand Onet FON.
In order to promote “Onet FON” WiFi Access Points, Onet will build hotspots in Poland and promote Onet FON routers in its upcoming DSL offering, so that Onet subscribers automatically become members of the FON community and are able to surf for free on all FON Community Access Points in the World.
Onet.pl, owned by Grupa Onet.pl S.A. (GRO/WSE), is Poland's leading Internet portal with over 200 different services and over 4 million active e-mail accounts. On a monthly basis, it records over 2 billion page views. Onet.pl develops and launches new types of advertising targeted to the local market, as well as online games, premium content and online sales for Internet domains, premium SMS services for mobile phones and airplane tickets. The company reported dynamic growth in the first six months of 2006 of 46 % increase in its total sales from corresponding period in 2005.
Onet.pl is part of Poland's leading media group, TVN Group (TVN S.A., TVN/WSE), which apart from Onet, is active in television broadcasting and production.
Lukasz Wejchert, CEO, Onet, said: “Customers have the right to communicate at fair prices whatever the means. Disruptive technologies allow us to fulfill their needs. With OnetSkype we revolutionalized the way Polish people communicate with each other across the Globe.
With Onet FON, I am convinced that we will revolutionalize the way people use the Internet. Our Wifi network will provide ultimate mobility to our user base – and that is Global.
We are partnering with FON in order to expand this service further through the the “Onet FON” WiFi hotspots, bringing the free, Internet based calling to those homes, schools, small businesses and hotels, who have broadband access to wider offerings of the Internet at faster transmission speeds. FON is a great company, and we are pleased to have them as our partner.”
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