Deutsche Telekom flirts with crowdsourced Wi-Fi through Croatian Fon deal

6 Feb

Gigaom

So, is Deutsche Telekom planning to invest in Fon or isn’t it? As my colleague Kevin Fitchard has pointed out, it would be a smart move given the potential for offloading cellular data traffic to Wi-Fi, but we still don’t know whether the rumors will turn out to be true.

What we do now know, though, is that Hrvatski Telekom, the leading Croatian ISP that is majority-owned by Deutsche Telekom(s dt), has just launched a Fon tie-in. The offer was revealed today, according to local blog Netocratic. I’ve asked DT whether this is a precursor to rollouts in other countries, but they declined to comment.

Fon is a crowdsourced Wi-Fi network that came out of Spain half a dozen years ago. The deal is this: if you hook up a Fon device to your router and share a segment of your bandwidth wirelessly with others, you become a…

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