BT’s wifi network has reached half a million hotspots. Fon has made a major contribution toward its growth, since about 90% of the BT hotspots are BT Fon. The rate of growth is such that, together with BT, we are on the way to one million hotspots. This is the goal for February 2010.

With this initiative, BT responds to the exponentially growing demand for mobile connectivity. The sites include BT FON hotspots, BT Openzone, 12 wireless city centres and BT Openzone hotspots via the BT Business Hub. BT Openzone hotspots can be found in hotels, coffee shops and airports. Users of BT FON are part of the Fon wifi network which itself comprises more than 600,000 spots worldwide.

Mobile data traffic growth is now doubling every year. Handheld devices have been a strong driver for this growth, as an increasing number of affordable devices run data intensive applications. Although 3G is widely used, consumers seek more reliable coverage and faster speeds. Wifi networks are also valuable for mobile operators in that they help offload traffic from their 3G networks, amongst other advantages.

Dave Hughes, BT Retail’s director of Wireless Broadband predicts that “Pretty soon there will be a Wi-Fi hotspot on every corner in the UK”. Fon is well suited to help meet the growing demand for ubiquitous and affordable mobile connectivity. Fon spots are numerous and widespread and their locations complement those of commercial hotspot networks that focus on coffee shops, hotels and other businesses. Also, Fon’s uniquely scalable model, based on user-generated infrastructure, is capable of responding to this exponentially growing demand cost-effectively.

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steven on August 31, 2009  · 


on -> i notice the UK export only counts 5.000 hotspots…
when counting the btfon icons…I only count 301.245;

Last week a fonera collegue visited EuroDisney Paris…He was unable to find a “neuf wifi fon”…and on a “neuf wifi” only Neuf people could logon…

73.496 Neuf Wifi Fon vs 1.500.000 Neuf Wifi ( …

Also where are these 600.000 “FON”spots?
I only count 76.338 “FON”spots? not counting NEUF boxes and BT home hubs
so only foneras/linksys fons…

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Luis FON on August 31, 2009  · 


our partnerships with BT, SFR Neuf, Comstar Russia and other leading Telcos around the world are very important for the FON community. We partner with these Telcos, so their subscribers can easily become Foneros. With these partners, FON already comes preinstalled on their own DSL-WiFi-Modem. So subscribers of these FON partner Telcos dont need to purchase a Fonera router to join the FON WiFi community, but only need to activate FON on their CPEs. Nevertheless, the spots created are fully functioning FONspots and you or anybody else who bought a Fonera and keeps it active, can access these FONspots for free.

Regarding your question where to find FONspots … we are updating our maps regularly, so generally you should be able to find FONspots where indicated on the maps. However, we did experience sometimes a slight delay from moment of activation to appearing on the maps.

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steven on August 31, 2009  · 

I do hope you can convince SFR Neuf to push the FON signal as defacto standard on their 1.5mio “neuf wifi” hotspots… (source: )

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