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Fon Acquires XCellAir to Reinforce Home WiFi Solution, Strengthen Its North American Presence
Monday 16 April 2018

16 April 2018 - Spanish WiFi network Fon has acquired US-based XCellAir, a commercial initiative by mobile research and development company InterDigital Inc. (NASDAQ: IDCC), focused on WiFi Quality of Experience, the company said.

The acquisition strengthens Fontech, Fon's technology arm, which is focused on the development of wireless solutions for operators and enterprises, and further establishes Fon's position in the North American market where XCellAir's sales and technical teams are located.

XCellAir's innovative technology enables unified management and optimization of dense WiFi and cellular network deployments for service providers.

The addition of XCellAir's expertise and products builds on Fontech's proven ability to empower operators to further optimize available WiFi capacity and greatly enhance user experience through improved latency and throughput.

In addition to acquiring XCellAir's team of wireless QoE experts, Fontech will be incorporating XCellAir's core product, the XCellRAN carrier WiFi solution, into its WiFi portfolio.

The powerful, cloud-based and scalable platform is suitable for an operator's entire WiFi footprint and for any vendor equipment, both existing deployed and next-generation WiFi access points.

Combined with Fontech's solutions that cover every aspect of WiFi delivery, from homes and workplaces to venues and public spaces, the new technology fits seamlessly into the company's offering.

XCellAir has developed cloud-based self-organizing network and radio resource management technologies that provide cellular service levels and control to WiFi networks, allowing providers to offer a reliable, high-performance WiFi experience to their customers.

It also gives aggregated, network-wide visibility, QoE analytics and remote diagnostic and debugging capabilities.

These analytics and troubleshooting tools deliver actionable insights about network and service quality for operation teams and exceptional customer support capabilities helping reduce churn and support costs and further strengthening Fontech's Home WiFi and Carrier WiFi solutions.

In recent months, Fontech has been making moves in North America. Enrique Farfán, the company's COO and Managing director in North America recently relocated to the region and expanded their local sales team.

This acquisition is a natural move for the technology provider looking to strengthen its position within the North American market.

Fon is the global WiFi network. It has built a WiFi community of over 21m hotspots.

Global clients include AT and T, British Telecom, Eurona, KPN, Proximus, Travel Club, and Virgin Mobile.

Fontech, the technology arm of Fon, offers a portfolio of software-based solutions and team aimed at empowering clients to deliver carrier-grade WiFi services in a secure, scalable, and uniquely flexible way.

XCellAir is a commercial initiative launched by InterDigital, Inc. in 2015. XCellAir brings order to the potential chaos of using unlicensed spectrum when deploying a dense radio network of WiFi access points and cellular small cells.

Based in San Diego, CA, XCellAir provides a cloud-based Quality of Experience solution that automates the management and optimisation of these networks.

XCellAir enables wireless service providers to meet the challenges and capture the opportunity presented by the insatiable thirst for data and ubiquitous connectivity.
Date Published: 16/04/2018
Target: XCellAir
Country: USA
Sector: Telecommunications
Type: Corporate acquisition
Status: Closed
Vendor: InterDigital
Buyer: Fon
Terms of the deal were not disclosed