Perhaps Chinese startup WiWide is not familiar to you as an individual, but chances are that you’ve already enjoyed their services if you have used free WiFi in public locations like theaters, restaurants, coffee bars, or airports. The once low-profile company has been making headlines in local media as more Chinese tech giants approach O2O expansion through WiFi hotspot solutions.

Last month, WiWide was listed as a major third-party service provider for WeChat’s public account WiFi connection program. Jerry Zhang, WiWide CEO and founder, disclosed in an exclusive interview with TechNode that WiWide has worked with Tencent on every detail of this program, from product form definition to terminal and access functions, since it launched in March this year.

The company just announced a benchmark Series C financing of RMB300 million (US$49 million) from Tencent and Dianping, adding that WiWide is the only one amongst its WiFi solutions peers to receive funding under the program. The capital is expected to be injected in hardware development, R&D and operations, he said. The company obtained Series B funding from Xiaomi last year, while an RMB10 million A round was secured from Greenwoods Investment in 2012.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.