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Broadband United receives expansion capital from Gruenderfonds

(PresseBox) (Muenster/Bielefeld, ) Broadband United GmbH (BroadU) is an innovative start-up with ready-to-market products to improve transmission of high-bandwidth signals over standard copper telephone cables (twisted pair). It has secured a financing round from an experienced venture capital partner, the Gruenderfonds Bielefeld-Ostwestfalen. The acquired capital is mainly used for market development and expansion of sales activities.

"BroadU's Interference Cancellation (IFC) technology enables xDSL signal transmission with higher bandwidth, longer range, and higher utilization of the existing cable infrastructure", says Michael Luebbehusen, Managing Partner of eCAPITAL and fund manager of the Gruenderfonds. "This technology is a big step towards nationwide DSL, because copper cable will continue to be the standard technology for many years, despite the roll-out of fibre optic cables", adds Nils Madeja, Senior Investment Manager.

"The bandwidth demand of commercial and private customers increases steadily. Still, many customers cannot get the needed bandwidth, due to crosstalk interferences on the existing copper cables", explains Dieter Finke from BroadU. "The roll-out of the fibre optic network is expensive and time-consuming. This is where we step in. With trials in Bavaria we have verified the improvement of the signals via copper cable with IFC. But without venture capital a sustainable, strong growth would not be possible in this market. With the Gruenderfonds and eCAPITAL we have not only secured the required capital but also found a reliable and competent partner for any questions regarding company development", says Georg Herrmann, BroadU.

Until now DSL is only available for commercial and private customers who are relatively close to a central office. In the future, it will become much more difficult to ensure DSL availability due to the increasing number of connections and the resulting increased interferences due to crosstalk. BroadU's IFC technology reduces these interferences on DSL-cables, thereby improving the availability and quality of DSL systems (SHDSL, ADSL, ADSL2+, VDSL2 etc.). Thus, IFC optimized DSL systems enable new high bit rate services, such as multimedia applications.

About Broadband United

Broadband United GmbH (BroadU) designs solutions to improve the transmission properties of existing copper telephone cables. Its solutions are all based on interference cancellation technology (IFC). BroadU developed IFC together with Vierling Communications GmbH, Eberstadt, Germany, the institute of information transmission, university of Erlangen, Germany, and iAD GmbH, Großhabersdorf, Germany, and other partners. IFC products reduce crosstalk interferences on telephone cables. For DSL signals, this means up to 100% faster transmission bandwidth and significantly more range and a better usage of the available cable infrastructure.

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About Gruenderfonds Bielefeld-Ostwestfalen

Seedfund Bielefeld- Ostwestfalen is a 10 million Euro-VC-fund, managed by eCAPITAL AG and targeting technology startups with high growth potential. The fund teams experienced investors with successful entrepreneurs for first round financings of young companies. Investments can total up to 500,000 Euros and focus on the segments Bio-/Nanotechnology, Life Science, Process enginnering, MedTech, New Materials and ICT. Seedfund Bielefeld-Ostwestfalen was initialised by eCAPITAL. Fund investors are NRW.Bank, Sparkasse Bielefeld, Detmold and Herford and many notable entrepreneurs, who additionally support the fund with their social networks and business contacts.

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eCAPITAL entrepreneurial Partners AG

The eCAPITAL entrepreneurial Partners AG is a venture capital company managed by entrepreneurs and located in Muenster, Germany. Since 1999, the company supports business people in promising industries. Investment focus is on innovative, high-growth companies in information technology/communications, new materials, optical technologies sectors, cleantech and innovative services.

eCAPITAL currently manages five funds totalling 120 million Euros. The funds invest in technology companies, as well as in small- and medium-sized companies throughout Germany.

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