In the summer of 2003, Ivo van Ling, teamed
up with the former Managing Director of
Global Crossing and
long time colleague and friend,
Frank Koopman. Guided
by the belief that wireless technology would be the solution for
real-time integrated mobility they founded Hopling Holding.
Inspired by the efforts of the fiber optic companies to provide
connectivity to solve the "last mile" problem by means of
wireless technology and the ever increasing need for always-on
connectivity, Ivo van Ling came up with an innovative way to
bridge the "last mile" using standard wireless technology.
Creating a protocol called "multi-hop routing" (now generally
known as "mesh routing") wireless mesh nodes are connected
together to form a seamless wireless mesh network (WMN) spanning
multiple kilometers covering complete cities.
Ivo is founder and and served as Chief Technology
Officer of Hopling Technologies
(in 2008 renamed to Hopling Networks).
Hopling Technologies was created late 2003 under the leadership
of two international-oriented founding members, all with a long
and prestigious history in the industry. The company has since
grown to become the leading industry provider of wireless mesh
role as Chief Technology Officer of the company, Ivo was the
champion for innovation across Hopling Technologies and was
responsible for setting the global development course for
Hopling Technologies. Ivo led the research & development teams
and is the inventor of the company's innovative multi-hop mesh
routing concept. Ivo had overall responsibility for all product
architecture and new feature introductions.
Hopling Technologies Ivo was responsible as business development
director at Spatial Wireless to create an European market by
building customers relations and closing business contracts.
he took on an assignment at Global Crossing as city network
director for the metro network build in the Benelux. In that
role, Ivo was responsible for the metro network strategy in
Amsterdam and the subsequent deployment of this metro network.
The strategy was quickly adapted to other cities in the Benelux,
such as Almere, Antwerp, Brussels, Eindhoven and Rotterdam. When
the metro networks neared completion the scope of the role as
city director was changed from implementation oriented to
previously served as Exi’s European operations manager for the
implementation, commissioning and engineering for telecom
systems, providing telecom solutions to major telecommunications
equipment providers and operators, including BT, Ericsson,
Lucent, Alcatel and Esprit. He initially managed about 80
engineers, but this was set to grow to about 140 people during
the first half of 2000.
joining Exi, Ivo was a project manager for both the "Personal
Number" and the "Unified Messaging" project for Dutchtone
(Orange), one of the mobile operators in the Netherlands. Both
projects enhanced the existing Orange service offerings to
Orange customers. Ivo also implemented and rolled-out a
voicemail project, in which a Unisys voicemail platform was put
into service. As senior project manager, Ivo was actively
participating in building Orange's technical department and
succeeding to set standards in the field of project management,
operational procedures and workflow processes.
October 1995 Ivo has worked for the research and development
department of Ericsson as a designer. From August 1997 Ivo was
the project manager of a project called ‘Generic Network
Solutions’. In this project, 20 products of Ericsson (AXE,
IN-services and management software) were integrated and tested
to form one package, the Generic Network Solution.