|Founded||Paris, France (1990)|
|Products||telecommunications service, electronics, communications systems|
Inventel was a French company involved in consumer electronics and communication systems. Founded in 1990 in Paris by Jacques Lewiner and Eric Carreel who later co-founded Withings, the company has been acquired in 2005 by Thomson SA, today known as Technicolor.
Inventel specialized in creating domestic gateways. The company is the creator of the Livebox, a gateway distributed by France Telecom, among many other Internet box operators in Europe. As such, Inventel was considered to be one of the leading architects of Triple play in Europe. In 2001, Inventel conducted a fundraising of 6 million euros from Banexi Ventures and Innovacom.
Based in the 5th arrondissement of Paris near the École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris, the company had around 75 employees when it was acquired by Thomson.
Inventel employees, primarily engineers, developed all components of their products: software, hardware and mechanics.
In March 2005, Thomson announced the acquisition of Inventel.
In between the scientific and industrial world, Inventel was founded in 1990 by two searchers from ESPCI ParisTech, Jacques Lewiner and Eric Carreel. In the 90’s Inventel became one of the world’s biggest actor of the pagers market with the Tam Tam a paging service with the standard Ermes, marketed by large operators. In 1997, Inventel began its engineering activities in DECT. Since then, many innovative of Inventel features for DECT phones have been distributed by the major European operators.
Already 1999, Inventel was working on a Box integrating voice and data wireless: a product released in 2001, called BlueDSL. Inventel has developed its expertise in the wireless data transfer, taking advantage of the expansion of the Wireless ADSL in the consumer electronics market. Thanks to control[peacock term] of Bluetooth technology and the 802.11 standard, Inventel became the first major manufacturer of ADSL wireless secured access with DWB200 released in 2002. Since 2002, Inventel provides operators with a full range of ADSL modems for wireless hotspots and consumer electronics market and is very successful in producing the France Telecom’s Livebox. Inventel has been a pioneer in integrating VoIP in his gateways and particularly in its treatment of VoIP.