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.

Executive 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.

  • Eric Sele, Deputy CEO & board member

    As Deputy CEO, Eric is responsible for global business and strategic alliances.

    Previously, Eric served as Vice President and Managing Director for Southern & Central Europe, Middle East and Africa at Ciena – world leader in optical and ethernet convergence for telecom networks.
    In charge of Ciena’s regional development, Eric contributed to the company’s rapid growth in Europe. He established and consolidated the commercial and technical structure in 11 capital cities, notably in the Middle East.
    In complement to the direct sales forces, Eric organized a network of partners to serve the telecom operator market, as well as the corporate and public service sectors.
    Before this position, he was Managing Director for Southern Europe at Ciena.

    Prior to that, Eric worked at Lucent Technologies, where he contributed to reinforcing the OEM’s presence in new technologies for alternative operators. He went on to serve as Director of Commercial Operations for France, Belgium, Tunisia and Morocco, before taking over Mobile Activity and General Management of the Orange Global account.

    Earlier in his career, Eric served as Sales & Marketing Director at SVFO, a Pirelli subsidiary specialized in infrastructures and optical communications networks, then as Sales & Marketing Director of Pirelli’s Cable & Systems activity.
    When Cisco acquired Pirelli’s Systems activity, Eric joined Cisco Systems to oversee development of the group’s optical activities in southern Europe, in particular for deployments associated with France Telecom.

    Eric Sele has a technical-sales engineering degree from Orsay university, with a specialization in Instrumentations and Systems.

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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 Bretagne, now known as Telecom Bretagne.

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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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    Sylvain Lamblot, VP Sales EMEA

    Sylvain has 20 years of experience in the Telecommunications sector. As EBlink’s VP Sales EMEA, he is in charge of promoting the company’s wireless fronthaul solutions among EMEA operators.

    Before joining EBlink in January 2015, Sylvain served as Global VP Sales for an internet start-up specialized in Business Process Outsourcing.Prior to that, he held a variety of positions, including: consultant for SoluCom, Manager of pre-sales and engineering at COLT, Head of marketing and VoIP products at Thomson Multimedia, Managing Director at Netwise France (specialized in CTI), and Head of Business Development at Ericsson headquarters in Stockholm.

    Sylvain is a graduate of Telecom ParisTech (class of ‘96) and the Eurecom Institute, and holds an MBA from ESSEC (class of 2003).

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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, Telecom ParisTech and a master’s degree in economics and applied mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique, France’s top-rated scientific school.

Board members & Advisors

Investor relations

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    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.

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    Alven Capital Partners

    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.
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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.

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    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.

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