Overview

EBlink: leader of Wireless Fronthaul

Founded in France in 2005, EBlink is revolutionizing the mobile network market with a new standard for the mobile industry: Wireless Fronthaul. Based on the founders’ vision of evolving mobile network architecture.

EBlink’s technology gives operators an immediate solution to the demands of mobile multimedia applications, and the increasingly high-speed service they require.

Internationally patented technology

EBlink’s innovative Wireless Fronthaul solution represents a major technological advance for operators, eliminating the last few hundred meters of fiber that are so costly for operators.

EBlink’s solution reflects the evolution toward increasingly centralized telecom architectures and allows for faster and easier deployment of 3G, 4G and future 5G networks.

Wireless Fronthaul technology is seen as essential to the development of «Small Cells », to ensure needed coverage and high-speed service.

Industry analysts and major international operators now speak of Wireless Fronthaul as a technology that has become essential.

About EBlink

Founded in 2005 by Alain Rolland and Christian Bittar, EBlink is headquartered just outside of Paris, France. In 2013, a subsidiary was created in California’s Silicon Valley.


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Executives team

EBlink’s executive committee members form a diverse team with strong, complementary backgrounds in the telecom and digital sectors. They share years of experience working with major industrial groups, and have contributed to numerous patents.

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    Alain Rolland, Founder, Chairman & CEO


    As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EBlink, Alain leads the company’s mission to provide better deployment solutions for the mobile network industry, using innovative wireless technology.

    Alain created EBlink in 2005, after 13 years of experience in the mobile network industry. Driven by his vision for more flexible deployment solutions and smaller base stations in an evolving, high-growth market, he patented an innovative wireless system and assembled a highly qualified team to develop and market it. Since the company’s creation, Alain has successfully raised 20 million euros in investment capital. Under his leadership, EBlink is now installing its technology in commercial sites through contracts signed with international mobile network operators. 



    In 1992, Alain founded IP6, a company providing design and deployment services to mobile network operators. He served as CEO until 2005, managing a team of 20 people. During this time, Alain developed several innovative software solutions, helping customers deploy thousands of sites in Europe.

    

Alain is a graduate of the EPITA school in Paris, and holds a computer engineering degree with a specialization in scientific software development.

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    Christian Bittar, Founder, COO & board member


    As co-founder and managing director of EBlink, Christian is responsible for the company’s operations and finances. Together with CEO Alain Rolland, he raised equity funds and built the foundation for achieving EBlink’s vision of better mobile deployment through the Wireless Remote Radio Head TM solution.

    Christian served for 10 years as CEO at Creatifs Groupe, an event company that provided full turnkey design and construction services for large trade shows and their sponsors and exhibitors. In that role, he guided the company’s growth from 100 employees and 15 million euros in revenue to 700 employees and revenue of 100 million euros. Christian acquired extensive experience in private and public financing when he led the company through an initial public stock offering, followed by its registration on France’s Second Marché securities market and its subsequent acquisition in a leveraged buyout.

    

Prior to that, as chief engineering officer for a Sudanese manufacturer, he optimized the process and production of an important manufacturing plant in Sudan that provided consumer products under Unilever licenses. 



    Earlier in his career, he served as project manager for L’Entreprise Industrielle (EI), where he led large electrical installation projects. 



    Christian has a degree in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering from ESTP and a master’s in business administration from INSEAD.

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    Laurent Bellot, CTO


    Laurent has more than 20 years of experience in technical, regulatory and commercial areas of the telecommunications and related industries. As EBlink’s CTO and technical director, he leads the company’s R&D programs.

    

Before joining EBlink, he served as director of technical marketing and regulatory affairs for Harris Microwave Communication Division, working closely with senior management, strategy, R&D, product lines and sales.

    

Earlier in his career, he served as international product marketing manager for Lucent Technologies, and in a variety of R&D roles at Philips and Alcatel.

    

He graduated from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (Telecom ParisTech), and from Ecole Polytechnique, France.

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    Gael Derven, Sales & Marketing Manager


    Gael has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and business management. He joined EBlink in 2009 as chief sales and marketing officer, after serving for three years as a non-executive board director. He is responsible for developing EBlink sales as well as driving marketing and branding activities. He also is in charge of establishing strategic partnerships to expand the company’s reach and business worldwide.

    Prior to joining EBlink, Gael served as director of marketing for Netcentrex IP Communications/Comverse. In that role, he led product marketing for VoIP, video telephony, FMC, IPTV, Triple Play, IP centrex and mobile centrex. He also was responsible for strategic partnerships and technology, and launching new products.

    

He also has served in a variety of marketing and product-development roles for Nortel Networks, including director of business development and marketing for GSM Europe/Africa. In that role he managed the restructuring of the marketing department and oversaw Nortel’s expansion and acquisition of new customers in emerging markets such as Russia and Africa. 



    He also has held a number of positions with Orange, including director of international projects.

    Earlier in his career, Gael worked for CNES, the French space agency.

    He has an engineering degree from ENST, now known as Paris TelecomTech.

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    Michel Geneste, VPOps


    Michel joined EBlink in 2010 after serving more than 25 years in a variety of management positions at large industrial companies.

    

Most recently, he was managing director at ICE Technologie, a French consulting and services firm. In that role, he managed budgets totaling €10 million for new projects and operations, oversaw the introduction of new hardware and software products and led the company’s international expansion.

    Prior to that, Michel managed the American subsidiary of IDC Engineering, where he was responsible for partner relations, contract negotiations, risk analysis and technology analysis. While he was in that position, the subsidiary achieved revenue of €10 million and launched programs that led to IDC contracts with STMicroelectronics, Motorola, Phillips, CEA and other leading technology companies and institutes. 


    Earlier in his career he worked for MGP Domaine Nucléaire and SNEF.

    Michel has a master’s degree in international commerce and management from Euromed and an engineering degree from Supélec.

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    Frederic Leroudier, GM US


    Frederic, who joined EBlink in 2012, is based in Silicon Valley and is responsible for developing EBlink’s activities in North America. He has more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive and entrepreneur in the wireless industry. Frederic has led network design, technology selection and business development for a variety of international carriers and system integrators.

    Before joining EBlink, he founded SAS ViTi, French Polynesia’s second national operator, where he was COO and CTO. While at ViTi, Frederic designed and built the network and established partnerships and interconnection agreements with tier-one international carriers and led the company to a commercial launch within 18 months.

    Prior to that, Frederic founded and served as CEO of TeeNay Wireless, a Silicon Valley company that developed innovative wireless solutions.

    Frederic is also a former general manager of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and strategis accounts for Aperto Networks, a provider of wireless infrastructure equipment. Under his leadership, the region grew from zero to more than 50 percent of Aperto’s revenue on a regular basis. He also created and led Aperto’s worldwide system engineering organization.

    Earlier in his career, he served in a variety of executive and senior management positions with LinkAir Communications, Sprint and France Telecom.

    Frederic, who holds six patents in various areas of wireless technology, has a master’s degree ion telecommunications and networking from Europe’s leading telecom school, ENST Paris and a master’s degree in economics and applied mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique, France’s top-rated scientific school.


Board members & Advisors

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    Alain Rolland, Founder, Chairman & CEO


    As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EBlink, Alain leads the company’s mission to provide better deployment solutions for the mobile network industry, using innovative wireless technology.

    Alain created EBlink in 2005, after 13 years of experience in the mobile network industry. Driven by his vision for more flexible deployment solutions and smaller base stations in an evolving, high-growth market, he patented an innovative wireless system and assembled a highly qualified team to develop and market it. Since the company’s creation, Alain has successfully raised 20 million euros in investment capital. Under his leadership, EBlink is now installing its technology in commercial sites through contracts signed with international mobile network operators. 



    In 1992, Alain founded IP6, a company providing design and deployment services to mobile network operators. He served as CEO until 2005, managing a team of 20 people. During this time, Alain developed several innovative software solutions, helping customers deploy thousands of sites in Europe.

    

Alain is a graduate of the EPITA school in Paris, and holds a computer engineering degree with a specialization in scientific software development.

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    Christian Bittar, Founder, COO & board member


    As co-founder and managing director of EBlink, Christian is responsible for the company’s operations and finances. Together with CEO Alain Rolland, he raised equity funds and built the foundation for achieving EBlink’s vision of better mobile deployment through the Wireless Remote Radio Head TM solution.

    Christian served for 10 years as CEO at Creatifs Groupe, an event company that provided full turnkey design and construction services for large trade shows and their sponsors and exhibitors. In that role, he guided the company’s growth from 100 employees and 15 million euros in revenue to 700 employees and revenue of 100 million euros. Christian acquired extensive experience in private and public financing when he led the company through an initial public stock offering, followed by its registration on France’s Second Marché securities market and its subsequent acquisition in a leveraged buyout.

    

Prior to that, as chief engineering officer for a Sudanese manufacturer, he optimized the process and production of an important manufacturing plant in Sudan that provided consumer products under Unilever licenses. 



    Earlier in his career, he served as project manager for L’Entreprise Industrielle (EI), where he led large electrical installation projects. 



    Christian has a degree in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering from ESTP and a master’s in business administration from INSEAD.

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    Vivian Hudson, Advisor


    Vivian Hudson is President of Square d’Urfé Consulting Inc., a Montreal-based IT and communications technology consultancy focused on strategic planning, market development, governance, and mergers-and-acquisitions.

    From 2008 to 2012, she served as vice president and general manager of EXFO, a leading provider of next-generation, test and measurement solutions for wireless and wireline network operators and OEMs. In that role, she was responsible for EXFO Service Assurances providing end-to-end quality of service and quality of experience solutions for real-time IP networks, both wireline and wireless.

    From 1990 to 2007, Vivian held a variety of senior executive positions at Nortel Networks, including General Manager of the Wireless GSM global business based in France, Vice President of Nortel’s global wireless operations, Vice President of High Capacity Optical Networks, and General Manager of the Microsoft-Nortel Innovative Communications Alliance Systems Integration business. Earlier in her career, Vivian held senior analyst and management positions at Bell Canada, Canadian Pacific and DMR Group.

    Vivian serves on the boards of Morgan Schaffer, a leading supplier of dissolved gas analysis (DGA) Nakina Systems, a provider of network integrity and security management solutions to the global telecommunications industry and the Orford Arts Center, a non-profit organisation offering advanced education to young musicians.

    She has a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Université Laval and an MBA degree from McGill University. She holds the ICD.D certification from Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors

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    Chris Burke, Advisor


    EBlink board member Chris Burke’s career in telecommunications, IT and technology spans more than 30 years in both Europe and North America. He has held technical and management responsibilities at a telecom equipment supplier (Nortel), a fixed-line carrier (Energis), a wireless service provider (Vodafone), and a consumer device manufacturer (Research In Motion – RIM). His most recent public-company position, which he left in 2009, was RIM’s managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

    From 2001 to 2004, Chris was chief technology officer (CTO) at Vodafone UK. From 1997 to 2000, he was CTO and chief information officer at U.K.-based Energis, where he helped take the company public and onto the FTSE 40. Previously, he spent 15 years with Bell Northern Research and its parent company Northern Telecom in a variety of roles, including software development, operations and ultimately sales.

    Chris, who has extensive experience in helping guide companies through stock offerings and acquisitions, has served on several boards of directors. He was chairman of Ubiquity Software during that company’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2005 and its 2007 sale to Avaya. He was lead independent director of March Networks during its 2005 IPO, director at Oz Communications when it sold to Nokia in 2008, and a director and investor in Dialog Semiconductor when it completed a successful secondary offering in 2009. He currently serves on the boards of Dialog Semiconductor and Kontron (both listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange), as well as several venture and private equity-backed companies.

    Chris divides his time between board positions, numerous advisory roles and his investment and advisory business, Buster Burke Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Can.

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    Jean-Jacques Damlamian, Board member


    EBlink board member Jean-Jacques Damlamian retired from France Telecom, Europe’s third-largest telecommunications company, in 2004. His long and distinguished career there concluded as executive director of the company’s technology and innovation group, where he was responsible for R&D, innovation and intellectual property management for France Telecom Group. He served from 1995 to 2003 as executive director of the company’s development branch, with responsibility for strategy, international business development, R&D and information systems.

    As the company’s commercial director from 1991 to 1995, he diversified France Telecom’s products and services and reorganized the sales department and the sales network around major market segments.

    From 1989 to 1991, Jean-Jacques was director of France Telecom’s industrial and international affairs, where he accelerated the company’s international expansion by making overseas investments in Telecom Argentina and Mexico’s Telmex. Previously, he held positions in various France Telecom departments, including the CNET R&D laboratory, the regional directorate of the Ile de France, director of international and overseas operations (DTRE), and deputy director general of the general staff.

    Since 2006 he has been President of the Institute of Economic and Social Research on Telecommunications (IREST). Jean-Jacques also is a recipient of the French Legion of Honor.

    A graduate of France’s École Polytechnique research university, Jean-Jacques received a graduate degree in engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, now known as Télécom ParisTech.

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    François Tison, Board member


    François is a general partner at 360° Capital Partners, a venture capital firm that focuses on innovative companies with strong growth potential. Since joining the venture capital business in 1998, he has made more than 20 investments in six countries. He began his venture capital career as an associate director at Nomura, and then served as senior vice president at Europ@web. Earlier in his career, he held a number of strategy and business-development positions in Paris and New York with France Telecom.

    François holds a degree in telecommunications engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne (ENSTB) and holds an MBA degree from Columbia University in New York.

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    David Manjarres, Board member


    David Manjarres, deputy general manager of Masseran Gestion, has more than a decade of experience in private equity. Prior to joining Masseran, he served as investment director at Tikehau Capital Advisors and at CDC Entreprises. Earlier in his career, he served in a variety of positions at the French Defense Procurement Agency, including manager of business and technical intelligence for the common technologies service, R&D project manager and assistant deputy director for R&D in the electronic components department.

    He is currently a board member of Presto Engineering, IPDiA and HPC Project.

    David has an engineering degree from École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA) Bretagne and a master’s degree in management of technology and innovation from l’Université Paris-Dauphine.

  • Frederic_VeyssiereFrederic Veyssiere, Advisor


    Co-founder and Managing Partner of Arc Venture Partners. Prior to founding Arc Venture Partners, Frederic was Head of Innovacom’s investments for North America, investing and managing three Innovacom and two France Telecom-Orange venture funds. He has led or managed investments in mobile, internet and software companies including Actelis Networks, Atrica (acquired by Nokia Siemens Network), Bitfone (acquired by Hewlett Packard), Bytemobile (acquired by Citrix), Danger (acquired by Microsoft), DeviceAnywhere (acquired by Keynote Systems), Envivio (NASDAQ: ENVI), Jabber (acquired by Cisco), Netezza (IPO then acquired by IBM), Modern Video, Radiant Logic and Vantrix.

    Before Innovacom, Frédéric was in charge of European business development for TeleSoft Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital fund. Previously, Frédéric was Vice President of Business Development & Operations with France Telecom North America in New York, heading several key projects including the implementation of the company’s Internet backbone in the US, the $150M investment of France Telecom in Sprint PCS, and the business planning and implementation in the U.S. of the first gateway allowing seamless roaming between European and North American GSM Mobile Network Operators. Earlier in his career, Frédéric was an associate in the M&A Group of La Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild in Paris, focusing on Telecom and IT transactions.

    Frédéric holds an MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business in New York, an MSc. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris and an MSc. in Physics from the Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris.

  • Christophe Gilbert, Advisor

    Christophe Gilbert, Advisor


    Christophe Gilbert is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Christophe Gilbert International (CGI), and the founder and director of HR Worldwide, two leading services companies for the global telecommunications industry. Throughout his career, he has been a leader in advancing high-technology services in the global telecom industry.

    Christophe began his career in telecommunications in 1989 as a foreman for Graniou, conducting surveys and managing the building of base stations throughout France for Radiocom 2000, France Telecom’s first GSM wireless telecommunication network. In 1991, he deployed with Matra telecommunications the first GSM network for SONATEL in Senegal. Five years later, he launched his own services company, which he sold to France Electronique in 1995.

    At France Electronique, Christophe built the telecommunications department and grew its revenues from 17 million to 67 million euros. In 2000, France Electronique was sold to ADC, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer based in the U.S., and Christophe helped achieve the integration of the two companies before founding CGI in 2002.

    Working for Alcatel in Nigeria in 2003, he oversaw the network deployment operations from start-to-finish for Globacom, which was launched that year as Nigeria’s first wireless operator.

    Christophe founded HR Worldwide Ltd. in 2004 to take advantage of the emerging opportunities created by 2G and 3G network deployments in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In 2007, he founded SAI Group in Ukraine and sold the business two years later.

    Christophe holds degrees in electrical engineering and industrial IT from the University Institute of Technology in Evry.

  • Xavier Deleplace, Board member

    Xavier Deleplace, Board member


  • Vince Spinelli, Advisor

    Vince Spinelli, Advisor


  • Nicolas Landrin, Board member

    Nicolas Landrin, Board member



Investor relations

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    iSource


    iSource is a French early stage venture capital firm focusing on Information and Communication Technologies start-ups, stemming from public or private research.

    With more than 70 investments the last 13 years, iSource currently manages 11 Funds totalling 205 Million Euros.

    iSource is specialized in Corporate Software, Multimedia, SaaS, Telecom, Internet, Embedded systems, Managed Services and Eco-Technologies.

    The Team of highly professional investors with in-depth experience in technology, R&D, marketing, business development, sales and management in IT sectors, builds with each portfolio company a close partnership and provides active support.

    More information at www.isourcevc.com

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    Alven Capital Partners


    About Alven Capital

    Alven Capital is an independent Paris-based venture capital firm managing €250M. Alven Capital invests in rapidly growing companies with a focus on media, web and services.Alven Capital has already invested in more than 80 companies in Europe like BIME Analytics, MeilleursAgents.com, Drivy, SeLoger.com, Lengow, Boursier.com, Aquarelle, MonShowroom, Companeo, Liligo, Splendia, MobPartner, eBoutic.ch, Marco & Vasco, Webhelp, Birchbox, OpenClassrooms, Gemmyo, Mention, Commerce Guys, Algolia, etc

    More information can be found at www.alvencapital.com

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    360° Capital Partners


    360 CAPITAL PARTNERS is a Venture Capital firm, investing in Innovation at full scale, in Europe and more particularly in France and Italy. The new 360 Capital fund – a Luxembourg based Sicar – has reached a total capital commitment of over €100m.

    More information at http://360capitalpartners.com/

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    Seventure


    About Seventure

    As an active partner of young, innovative, growing companies since 1997, Seventure has been investing in French, German and European companies with a focus on Information Technology and Life Sciences. With over €500 million in dedicated funds, investments in 80 companies and offices in Paris, London, Geneva, Bales and Munich, Seventure Partners is one of the major players in European venture capital.

    For more information : www.seventure.fr

  • FSN PME, le Fonds Ambition Numérique


    Le fonds Ambition Numérique, initialement dénommé FSN PME, est le fonds d’investissement dédié aux PME innovantes du domaine numérique, lancé par l’Etat dans le cadre du Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir (PIA), souscrit par la Caisse des Dépôts et géré par sa filiale Bpifrance Investissement.

    Ce fonds intervient en co-investissement dans des PME ayant un fort potentiel d’innovation et de croissance, développant de nouvelles technologies, usages et services de l’économie numérique.

    Plus d’information sur : www.bpifrance.fr