E-Blink Secures €5M

E-Blink secures a second round of funding of €5M

October 16, 2008

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PARIS -- E-Blink, a French start-up specialised in designing and developing innovative equipment solutions for the deployment of base stations in mobile cellular networks, announced today the conclusion of its second round of funding, in which it secured 5 million euros. Based in Essonne, France, E-Blink was co-founded in December 2005 by Alain Rolland and Christian Bittar.

E-Blink, a revolutionary concept

Presented in Barcelona and Las Vegas in 2008; E-Blink’s ‘wireless’ concept offers a real alternative to the coaxial or fibre optic cables that are typically installed in mobile network base stations. The solution offered by E-Blink facilitates communication between radio equipment located on the ground and the mast head network antennas. With no real market alternative, this solution simplifies equipment installation, minimises the visual pollution associated with traditional base stations and allows for energy savings, whilst guaranteeing the services that operators require. E-Blink’s concept also multiplies the number of potential new sites that can be used for the installation of radio relay stations.

The system is ideal for dense, mature networks that need to expand or be upgraded and helps to accelerate the installation of new deployments.

Available for 2G and 3G operating frequencies, the flexibility of E-Blink’s solutions offers Operators new, alternative tools to extend, optimise and conserve their networks, whilst shortening deployment timescales.

High potential to reflect outstanding innovation

The enthusiasm and ambition of E-Blink’s teams, coupled with its simple and effective solution, give the French start-up company a real chance of achieving a significant worldwide market turnover of several billion euros.

Distribution agreements are already being discussed in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and India.

The potential demonstrated by E-Blink allows the company to benefit from the financial support of the OSEO (a French funding and advisory organisation for SMEs) and the commitment of its three financial partners, including I-Source and Alven Capital, who have already invested 3.2 million euros in this project.

Moreover, E-Blink has already been granted entry into the SYSTEM@TIC cluster (a French government initiative set up to advise innovative start-ups, helping them to develop a network of business contacts), where it will find itself side-by-side with companies such as Alcatel, France Télécom and Sequans and will contribute towards the development of the next generation of mobile networks.

Visionary directors…

“I have always been convinced that mobile networks and the environment in which they reside deserve more than the traditional cable connections used today. I am happy to note that certain equipment providers are also starting to adopt this line of thought. Our objective is to combine E-Blink’s development projects with OEM deployment strength to create full wireless networks,” affirms Alain Rolland, co-founder and CEO of E-Blink.

Christian Bittar, co-founder and MD of E-Blink adds: “Taking into consideration the current issues surrounding infrastructure costs and the race for speed and output capacity, our model is at the heart of a project that will benefit all network players, whilst ensuring respect for the environment. We thank Orange and SFR (Vodafone France) who understood this early on by accepting to host our first live products on a number of their commercial sites.”

I-Source Gestion SA

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