Fon is launching a new Fonera “social music” router using a Qualcomm Atheros chipset in partnership with Facebook. According to Fon, the router will “combine social WiFi with social music.” Fon members, agree to share a part of their bandwidth as a Wi-Fi signal, so that they can connect to other members’ hotspots.
Qualcomm lead new $14 million financing round with its venture capital arm Qualcomm Ventures. Other investors participating in the round include our existing investors: Index Ventures, Google, Coral, Atomico and Deutsche Telekom.
Wi-Fi router manufacturers who go with widely-used Atheros chipsets will get to tap into Fon functionality using the Atheros SDK, which should help expand the network’s reach. Fon claims to have 12 million WiFi nodes operating around the world and is launching a major US expansion.
According to Qualcomm Ventures Senior Director Miles Kirby:
“Fon’s unique approach to crowd-sourcing Wi-Fi is going to play an increasingly instrumental role in the future of mobile data… Qualcomm is leading the 1000x mobile data challenge, and Fon fits perfectly into our vision to solving the increasing demand for data.”