Overview

Fronthaul pioneers

Based on the founders’ 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.

Breakthrough technologies

EBlink takes fronthaul to the next level by allowing RRH/RRUs to be located practically anywhere, and linking them to the baseband processing via a wireless link. In this way, EBlink unlocks the full potential of the Centralized and Virtual RAN, offering a cost-effective and flexible alternative to dark fiber.

As the only company focused on solving the challenge of efficient fronthaul  networks, EBlink is uniquely positioned to offer best-in-class technology for fronthaul applications. EBlink’s patented technology holds the record for spectral efficiency, making it possible to transport multiple CPRI flows over narrow bands of spectrum.

About EBlink

Originally founded in 2005 by Alain Rolland and Christian Bittar, EBlink’s R&D operations are based just outside of Paris. The company also has offices in Antwerp and Silicon Valley. In 2017, the company’s technology was acquired by Capital-E, a European investment fund.


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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    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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    Christian Bittar


    EBlink co-founder and former deputy CEO, Christian serves as an Advisor consulting on the company’s operations and finances.

    With co-founder Alain Rolland, Christian raised over 30 million euros in equity funds, and built the foundation for achieving 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 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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    Alain Rolland


    EBlink co-founder and former CEO, Alain serves as an Advisor, consulting on the company’s strategic roadmap, development plan and marketing strategy.

    Alain created EBlink in 2005, after 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. Alain successfully raised over 30 million euros in investment capital. Under his leadership, EBlink installed 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.


Investor relations


  • Capital-E provides early stage capital to companies developing unique selling propositions based on enabling electronics or advanced materials.

    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.