What came before
Inspired by the ever increasing need for Internet speed and the
efforts by the fiber optic companies to provide true global
broadband connectivity at the beginning of this decade, Ivo van
Ling set out to solve the "last mile" problem by means of
wireless technology. Forced to stay within the bounds of
European legislation he came up with an innovative way to bridge
the "last mile" using WiFi technology. Using a protocol called
"Multi-Hop Routing" (now generally known as "Mesh Routing") WiFi
access points were connected together to form a seamless
wireless network spanning multiple kilometers.
At the end of 2002 Ivo van Ling started building the first WiFi
mesh network to be operating in Europe, providing the biggest
seamless WiFi network in existence at that time. The network was
officially opened for customers on April 2, 2003.
In the summer of 2003, Van Ling teamed up with his former Global
Crossing colleague Frank Koopman.
Guided by the belief that mesh networking would be a valuable
networking technology they began building the company Hopling