Overview

overview

Mobile with its unmatched versatility will dominate broadband access

There is an unprecedented boom in mobile data usage and users. There are many categories of users with diverging needs. New categories are on the verge with the emergence of a.o. Industry 4.0, IoT, Connected Vehicles, drones, VR and AR. The versatility of mobile access can truly capture this opportunity.

Satisfying those diverging needs will require some key technologies to be able to set prioritizations in terms of capacity, coverage, QOS and mobility towards these categories.

Fronthaul pioneers

Based on the vision of evolving mobile network architectures, EBlink offers mobile operators innovative, flexible and cost-effective deployment solutions. This vision led to the genesis of hybrid A/D fronthaul, a technology pioneered by EBlink and now widely considered as a key element of Centralized and Virtualized Radio Access Networks.

EBlink’s R&D team is at the forefront of efficient fronthaul technologies and systems, paving the way to the transport infrastructure for 5G networks.

EBlink has developed unique low latency signal processing solutions to boost ultra high speed CPRI transmission over any medium (Wireless, Fiber or Coaxial). It is a truly versatile solution offering operators a toolbox for diverse deployment scenarios to densify and centralize the RAN.

The solution is transparent for the RAN, hence coordination between cells and carrier aggregation within cells is guaranteed. It can be applied on any carrier frequency. Multiple optical and wireless segments can be daisy chained to form an end-to-end fronthaul connection.

About EBlink

Active since 2005, EBlink has been acquired by Capital-E, a European investment fund in 2017. Headquartered in Europe, Eblink is present in Paris – Antwerp and in the Silicon Valley.

Strategy is to spread its patented technology by extending a carrier grade product solutions thru industrial partnerships with Wireless and Optical Leaders and build best of class efficient CPRI transport platforms.

EBlink gained strong brand awareness with awards on best-in-class efficient CPRI Fronthaul and conducted Lab and field trials with major Mobile Network Operators such as Orange, ATT, VZ, VF, Telefonica, TI, and Bouygues Telecom. The company has considerable expertise on interworking with existing RAN equipment to guarantee mobile networks’ KPIs.

 


Management team

  • Olivier Baujard


    Chairman of the board, Olivier Baujard has more than 30 years of experience in the tech industry. From 2009 to 2012 Mr. Baujard was the CTO of Deutsche Telekom A.G., one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies, with responsibility for worldwide group network technology strategy, prioritization and execution. He was also a member of the board of Buyin, the procurement joint venture between Deutsche Telekom A.G. and France Telecom.

    Prior to that, he was CTO of Alcatel Lucent and CEO of Alcatel-Lucent France, and more recently he served as Chief Executive at Segula Technologies, an international engineering and consulting services specialist.

    Olivier has also been a member of a number of industry bodies including GSMA and NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks), and Independent Board member at Colt Technologies.

    He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris.

  • Eric Sele


    As CEO, Eric advances the company’s mission to provide better solutions for the mobile network industry through innovative fronthaul technologies.

    Previously, Eric served as EBlink’s Deputy CEO in charge of global business. Prior to that, he was 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.

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

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    Christian Bittar


    Christian co-founded the company which gave birth to EBlink NV and contributed to build EBlink’s vision of better mobile deployment through fronthaul solutions.

    Prior to EBlink, 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 an African manufacturer, he optimized the process and production of important manufacturing plants in Sudan that provided consumer products under Unilever licenses.

    Earlier in his career, he served as project manager for L’Entreprise Industrielle (EI), a French leading electrical service company, 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


    Laurent serves as EBlink’s Chief Technical Officer. He 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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    Frederic Leroudier


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

    Before joining EBlink, Frederic founded SAS ViTi, French Polynesia’s second national operator, where he was COO and CTO. While at ViTi, he 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.

    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

  • Olivier Baujard


    Chairman of the board, Olivier Baujard has more than 30 years of experience in the tech industry. From 2009 to 2012 Mr. Baujard was the CTO of Deutsche Telekom A.G., one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies, with responsibility for worldwide group network technology strategy, prioritization and execution. He was also a member of the board of Buyin, the procurement joint venture between Deutsche Telekom A.G. and France Telecom.

    Prior to that, he was CTO of Alcatel Lucent and CEO of Alcatel-Lucent France, and more recently he served as Chief Executive at Segula Technologies, an international engineering and consulting services specialist.

    Olivier has also been a member of a number of industry bodies including GSMA and NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks), and Independent Board member at Colt Technologies.

    He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris.

  • Eric Sele


    AS CEO and Board Member, Eric advances the company’s mission to provide better solutions for the mobile network industry through innovative fronthaul technologies.

    Previously, Eric served as EBlink’s Deputy CEO in charge of global business. Prior to that, he was 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.

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

  • Pascal Vanluchene


    EBlink board member, Pascal co-founded Capital-E in January 2006.  His current investment focus is on processing, test and metrology equipment, power generation and control, sensors, memories and intra/interchip optical communication. From 2000 till 2006, he was venture developer at IMEC and high-tech start-ups in telematics and telecommunications such as Acunia (open telematics Java middleware platform), Sparnex (xDSL systems) and AccessHub (datacenters). At IMEC his latest focus geared towards silicon processing and device technologies as well as biosensors. He was actively involved with IMEC spin-offs such as Gemidis (LCOS displays), Vivactis (calorimetric biosensors) and Magwel (Ghz EM solvers for SoC) for new business development and fund raising.

    Beside the international start-up experience, he brings investment banking and corporate development skills to Capital-E.  Before 2000, Pascal worked at Belgacom in the corporate finance, corporate development and international wholesale divisions.

    Pascal holds an Msc in electronics and an Msc in business strategy and economics from the Catholic University of Leuven, complemented with a two-year campus MBA from the Graduate School of Business of Chicago.

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    Lou Hermans


    Prior to becoming a partner Capital-E II in November 2016, he co-founded in November 2007 CMOSIS NV a supplier of advanced CMOS image sensors, where he was a board member and EVP for Marketing and Sales until ams AG acquired CMOSIS in December 2015.

    Besides E-Blink he is a board member of the companies siOPTICA (Ge), EpiGan (Be), Mobile Locker (Be), ISDI-cmos (UK) and WeWatt (Be).

    From March 2006 to August 2008 Lou Hermans was Strategic Business Manager in the Microsystems, Components and Packaging (MCP) Division of IMEC.

    In 2000 he co-founded FillFactory, an IMEC spin-off active in the development, fabrication and sales of CMOS image sensors. He served as VP Marketing & Sales. Cypress Semiconductor Corp. acquired FillFactory in August 2004.

    Before the creation of FillFactory he was director of the Microsystems and Packaging Department and associate VP of the IMEC MCP Division. There he managed from 1992 the CCD/ CMOS image sensor R&D activities and started IMEC’s MEMS research.

    He joined IMEC for the first time in 1986 to work in the IMEC spin-off cell, investigating the potential and supporting the creation of IMEC spin-off companies and project acquisition with local industry.

    He holds a PhD in physics from the KU Leuven since 1983. In between he worked for the Belgian Science Policy Office supporting the exploitation of the results of National Energy R&D Program.

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    Christian Bittar


    Christian co-founded the company which gave birth to EBlink NV and contributed to build EBlink’s vision of better mobile deployment through fronthaul solutions.

    Prior to EBlink, 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 an African manufacturer, he optimized the process and production of important manufacturing plants in Sudan that provided consumer products under Unilever licenses.

    Earlier in his career, he served as project manager for L’Entreprise Industrielle (EI), a French leading electrical service company, 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


Investor relations


  • Capital-E provides early stage capital to companies developing unique selling propositions based on enabling electronics or advanced materials. http://www.capital-e.com

    Through its entrenched relationship with IMEC, the largest independent research center in micro- and nano-electronics in Europe, Capital-E and its ventures can directly rely on the support of over 2000 scientists and engineers, as well as leverage on IMEC’s 500+ worldwide partners (such as NXP, Infineon, ST, Intel, SK Hynix, Micron, Toshiba, Panasonic, Texas Instruments, Samsung, TSMC, Global Foundries, etc…) to cost effectively promote adoption of highly innovative products.

    We are a hands-on, independent and complementary team with expertise in electronics and materials. The team has a balanced mix of entrepreneurial, industrial and VC experience. We cover technical, operational, financial and strategic matters. We seek an active role at Board level of any of our portfolio companies. We think globally and rely on a broad network of semiconductor and material sector players, R&D centers and VC’s.