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Fon has decided to open our WiFi network in Japan to all for free

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Fon has decided to open our WiFi network in Japan to all for free

Fon’s WiFi network is by far the largest in Japan with over a million hotspots of which over half a million are on at any one time. Normally the Fon network is free to those who share WiFi (known as Foneros) and other users pay. Given the current emergency in Japan, and the failure of some mobile network as a result of the earthquake, Fon has decided to open our network to all of those in Japan. The software changes required are being worked on at our headquarters in Madrid and will be ready in an estimated 3 hours or around 6pm Spanish time. Japan is 7 hours ahead of us so it will be around 1am in Japan when all our hotspots are open to the general public. We hope those stranded or in need find the Fon network useful. We also encourage owners of Fon WiFi routers who may not have their Fon WiFi routers (Foneras) connected to connect them to help anyone who may need connectivity.  All this is being done in collaboration with our friends at Softbank who currently distribute Foneras in Japan.  We would like to send our condolences to the families of those who died in this sad tragedy and wish all in Japan a quick recovery from this natural disaster.

Update: Work done in Madrid, the Fon WiFi network in Japan is now open for all to use until the emergency is over. I would like to thank our colleagues at Softbank, our engineers in Spain and above all the Japanese foneros who make this possible.

Qualcomm Buys Atheros

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Ha! This is a surprise for me – Atheros opened a lot of source code, we will see how this will continue.

Link :

Cellular chip maker Qualcomm is buying WiFi chipmaker Atheros for $3.1 billion, or $45 per share, the companies announced today. The deal, the largest ever for Qualcomm, is expected to close sometime in the first half of the year. T

Atheros, a WiFi innovator, has a growing presence in Asia and Europe. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have become standard features in portable consumer devices, including tablets, handheld games and media players, and Qualcomm now can utilize that strength.

Tales from the towers.

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Tales from the tower – a great reading, no mater if You are beginner or wisp provider.

It takes a look over present last mile wireless wifi solutions, wireless interference, wifi antennas and all equipment You’ll need to start small or large wireless isp.

The author Rory Conaway talks about business models and possibilities to design different types of networks in different situations.  Tales from the tower may be considered as howto for building low cost wireless networks that cover small areas or huge wifi networks covering hundreds of kilometers.

In one word great reading.

Here a link to the first chapter of the series : Tales of the towers chapter 1 : wireless-isp-experience-building-large-wifi-networks