18 key dates for Wifirst's 18th birthday

Sarah Battoue
Apr 28, 2020 7:08:55 PM

24 April 2020 was an important milestone for us: it was our 18th birthday. 18 years since our WiFi adventure began! With challenges, innovation, crises and successes, but above all incredible people. Here is a little bit of our journey, summarised in 18 key dates: 

  • 24 April 2002: creation by a "WiFi fanatic", our CEO, Marc Taieb
  • 13 March 2003: we equip our first regional centre for student social services in Aix en Provence (how far we’ve come since then!)
  • 10 October 2006: the Bolloré group enters our capital, allowing us to finance our first large-scale projects 
  • 18 September 2008: Wifirst connects its very first fibre-optic residence with high-guaranteed speed 
  • 1 July 2011: we diversify and equip our first campsite, the Domaine des Chênes Blancs in the South of France
  • 27 July 2011: we embark on the construction of our own core network and we implement our peering strategy with the giants of the Web 
  • 26 April 2013: we win the tender which makes us the sole operator for regional centres for student social service residences in France
  • 1 January 2014: WiFi is turned on in over 200 hotels of the Accor group 
  • 13 November 2014: we are chosen by the Lucien Barrière Group to equip its hotels with very high-end WiFi
  • 4 June 2015: VINCI Autoroutes chooses us to facilitate Ultra High Speed ​​WiFi in motorway service areas in France
  • 8 February 2016: 750 WiFi hotspots are announced to meet the constant connectivity needs of the French postal service’s customers and visitors: 4,000 offices have been equipped since then! 
  • 1 September 2016: we go international and open offices in London and Barcelona 
  • 25 November 2016: we pass the milestone of half a million rooms covered by WiFi, nowadays looking after more than 750k rooms.
  • 18 April 2017: Wifirst enters the FrenchWeb ranking of the 500 most dynamic French companies
  • 24 July 2017: we are proud to connect the French forces deployed in external operations 
  • 15 June 2018: we renew our contract with the armed forces' treasury to cover all military bases in mainland France
  • 11 September 2019: Amundi PEF joins forces with Bpifrance and the managers of Wifirst to complete the acquisition of 100% of the capital from the Bolloré group.
  • 24 April 2020: we celebrate our 18th birthday by passing the milestone of 160 employees who have taken part in this adventure, all teleworking to fight against the Covid-19 epidemic

Thank you to our employees, our customers and all those who have believed in us since 24 April 2002 (or who have joined us more recently)!

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