The deal includes Fontech’s Wi-Fi Service Management Platform (WSMP) and Connection Manager as well as an international roaming agreement with FonSri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the national ICT solutions provider and leading broadband and backbone infrastructure services provider in the country, and Fon, the world’s leading carrier Wi-Fi provider based on Madrid, Spain, have recently signed an agreement. This will enable SLT to deliver Wi-Fi connectivity to their subscriber base as well as opting for Fontech’s robust, carrier-grade WSMP to deliver seamless Wi-Fi access locally. SLT has also signed a roaming agreement with Fon to grant their users international access to Wi-Fi in over 23 million locations around the world.
Mr. Kiththi Perera, CEO of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC commented, “Our partnership with Fon will help us to deliver a better connectivity experience for our customers. Not only will Fon’s technology complement our existing services in Sri Lanka through delivering seamless Wi-Fi outside of the home, but we are also delighted to offer our customers the convenience of being able to access millions of Fon hotspots globally. We extend our fullest support to the Government’s initiative to increase the current internet penetration in the country towards the set target. With the notable increase in smart devices in the market, we are really focused on improving our services both indoor and outdoor.”
With the help of the flexibility of Fontech’s cutting-edge, vendor-agnostic technology, SLT will be integrating it into Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) models over FTTH, ADSL and LTE technologies. SLT will provide customers with several different access alternatives to log in to these Wi-Fi hotspots, including Mobile App, through a captive portal, through WISPr (Wireless Internet Service Provider roaming) seamless connectivity, and through EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol).
“We are delighted that Sri Lanka Telecom has chosen our innovative technology to deploy their Wi-Fi strategy. This deal is a good example of our commitment to the Wi-Fi ecosystem. While Fon continues to specialize in the aggregation of Wi-Fi networks, ensuring that the world’s largest community network continues to grow, Fontech is dedicated to developing the technology that operates the service. Our cutting-edge solutions enable our clients to deliver exceptional Wi-Fi experiences to their customers,” said Alex Puregger, CEO of Fon.
The deployments will be commencing in the 1st quarter of 2019. By the end of 2019, more than 200,000 hotspots will be available in Sri Lanka which will be an important addition to the total number of Fon hotspots worldwide, supporting Fon’s expansion in Asia.
About Fon and Fontech
Fon is a global Wi-Fi network. We pioneered residential Wi-Fi sharing over a decade ago and, together with leading telcos, we’ve built the world’s largest Wi-Fi community of over 23 million hotspots. We are experts in keeping people seamlessly connected by aggregating residential and prime public Wi-Fi footprints, as well as facilitating interconnection between Wi-Fi networks. Our global clients include AT&T, British Telecom, Eurona, KPN, Travel Club, and Virgin Mobile. Discover more at fon.com
Fontech, the technology arm of Fon, makes managing and operating Wi-Fi smart and simple for operators and enterprises. Our software-based solutions and the team of experts empower our clients to deliver carrier-grade Wi-Fi services in a secure, scalable, and uniquely flexible way, enabling an exceptional Wi-Fi experience for their customers. We are the trusted Wi-Fi software provider to top-tier global telcos such as the Deutsche Telekom Group, SoftBank, Telstra, and Vodafone Group. Discover more at fontech.com