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Critical Links financed at 4 million euros for the internationalization of edgeBox

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Critical Links will be able to accelerate the development and commercialization of edgeBox, a device for integrated business communications services, through the € 4 million financing made by venture capitalists InovCapital, Change Partners and ASK / ISQ Capital.

Through this support, the entity generated by the spin off from Critical Software could give new impetus to the edgeBox commercialization strategy in the international market. To this end, Critical Links aims in the short term to develop its commercial structure and network of partnerships, namely in key markets such as the United States.

So far, partnerships have been developed globally and agreements have been signed with equipment manufacturers and telecommunications service providers, both in the United States and in Asia, Europe and Africa. As opposed to its turn, the edgeBox was introduced to reseller channels in several European countries and also entered some emerging markets, such as Brazil, China, Chile, India and South Africa.

It should be noted that the edgeBox is intended for SMEs and is a business gateway composed of an IP-PBX and VoIP gateway, router, security appliance, bandwidth management (QoS), storage, WiFI, and collaboration applications that integrate voice, data, network and security services.

The product in question will compete in a market with upward growth, involving 35 million SMEs and which, according to In-Stat – which considered the edgebox to be «high potential» in the emerging market for devices -, will be responsible for revenues in the around US $ 2.6 billion in 2001.

At the same time, the solution has already received recognition from Techworld, through the «2007 Convergence Product of the Year» award, and from TMC Labs with the «2007 IP Innovation Award».

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