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SFR Renews Partnership with Fon, Offering Customers Access to a Worldwide WiFi Network

Fon, the world’s largest WiFi network with over five million hotspots, today announced a renewed partnership with SFR, a long-time partner and one of France’s largest telcos. Thanks to the partnership, all SFR neufbox customers can enjoy Fon’s over five million hotspots worldwide, as well as SFR’s own four million hotspots in France. SFR was the first telco in France to create a WiFi community network, and is the only one to provide international WiFi access to its ADSL subscribers. SFR is committed to further developing the SFR WiFi Fon coverage in France by allowing all its neufbox subscribers to join the Fon network.

Pierre-Alain Allemand, Network CEO, SFR, said:

“SFR is pleased to expand its WiFi community with a partner like Fon, which has a large international presence. This confirms our commitment to continuously improve our services. We were the first telco in France to launch a WiFi community back in 2007. Now, we are delighted to offer all our neufbox customers access to the largest WiFi network in the world.”

Alex Puregger, COO, Fon, added:

“Our priority is to ensure the Fon network has the widest possible coverage, which is done mainly through partnerships with some of the world’s largest telcos. The continuation and growth of our partnership with SFR will ensure our customers have access to an ever increasing number of hotspots in France, adding to our large and global network of more than five million hotspots.”

The renewed partnership will ensure SFR continues to benefit from a large network of Fon hotspots, which are created both by Fon’s European and global partners, as well as a large network of people who share a small portion of their unused bandwidth in exchange for free WiFi at Fon Spots worldwide. In Europe, Fon partners with SFR, BT (UK), Belgacom (Belgium), Netia (Poland) and ZON (Portugal). At a global level, Fon partners with SoftBank (Japan), Oi (Brazil) and MTC (Russia).

This partnership provides the opportunity for SFR neufbox customers to join the Fon community and benefit from the continuous growth in Fon hotspots in France and abroad. Fon is a fast-growing network, with 1,000 new hotspots added every four hours.

To join the Fon network, SFR neufbox customers just have to enable SFR WiFi Fon through their neufbox interface. These customers will then be able to enjoy unlimited connection to the Fon network from their laptop computers, tablets, mobiles or game consoles, as well as free worldwide WiFi roaming.

About SFR: -

SFR is the second biggest telecommunications operator in France, with a turnover of more than €12 billion in 2011. As a global operator, it satisfies the requirements of domestic and professional customers, businesses and operators worldwide, covering mobile and fixed telecommunications, Internet and television services. SFR deploys its own mobile and fixed infrastructure, backed by expert IP (Internet Protocol) teams that live up to the ambitious demands placed on them: to be a transparent and responsible market player whose mission is to keep abreast of the needs of each individual and corporate customer, bringing them the best that digital technology can offer.

As of December 31, 2011, SFR had 21 million mobile customers, including more than 16 million subscribers and 5 million high-speed home Internet subscribers. SFR is a fully-owned subsidiary of Vivendi and has around 10 000 employees.

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About Fon:

Fon was founded in 2006 by CEO, entrepreneur and internet pioneer Martin Varsavsky with the goal of free, ubiquitous WiFi for everyone. Today Fon is the largest WiFi network in the world, providing WiFi at over five million hotspots in more than 100 countries. Fon partners with the world's leading fixed and mobile telcos, hardware manufacturers and service providers, all who share the vision of a global WiFi community. Fon’s growing list of telco partners includes Belgacom, British Telecom, MTS Russia, Oi Brazil, SFR France, SoftBank Japan and ZON Portugal. Fon's investors include Atomico, British Telecom, the Coral Group, Google, Index Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Skype. For more information please visit:

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