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A brief history

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 Technologies.

  The conception of Hopling Technologies
Hopling Technologies was established 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 network solutions. Hopling Technologies was a privately held company, led by seasoned executives with extensive experience operating both enterprise software companies and large carrier networks. The company was headquartered in Almere, the Netherlands, and employed a workforce of talented and committed specialists, a majority of which were R&D engineers.

The company was officially established in February 2004 and had been at the forefront of innovation in the wireless environment ever since. Hopling Technologies was incorporated in the Netherlands as a "besloten vennootschap" with a Management Board and a Supervisory Board. This two-tier structure separated management and supervision, helping achieve sound corporate governance. In 2008 a new majority shareholder renamed the company to Hopling Networks.

The Management Board comprised of senior executives who have built their careers in the telecom space. Hopling Technologies believed that customers were looking for a new style of partner that had equally deep understanding of wireless broadband mobility solutions with the practical expertise to optimize their deployment.

The Supervisory Board was made up of outside directors and elected by the company's shareholders. The Supervisory Board monitored overall corporate performance and the integrity of the company's controls.

Hopling specialized in wireless communications, in particular, wireless mesh routing solutions. Mesh routing has a major advantage over the traditional points-to-points links in that each node added to the network enhances the network as a whole. Every indoor and outdoor node is capable of relaying traffic coming from any of its neighbor's nodes. Therefore, by simply adding another node the range of the wireless mesh network extends and in doing so, creates a seamless mobile broadband network. With the introduction of self-healing wireless nodes, companies can deploy a wireless solution in a matter of hours without the need for per node wiring. Another great advantage is that, based on these nodes, a wireless meshed metropolitan area needs only one wired connection to the Internet.



First prototype 2002 of the Multi-Hop router.



Hopling Technologies' 2005 production model of an outdoor Hopling Xnet Mark-I.



Hopling Technologies' 2007 production model of an outdoor Hopling Xnet Viper City Model.


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