Three years after Urban Koncept, this new acquisition strengthens Weblib’s expertise in digitalising spaces, making it a key player in wifi technologies in Europe.
Paris, 5 February 2020
Co-founded by Arthur Philbé and Florian Galby in 2009, Weblib develops software solutions dedicated to digitalising points of sale, public places and businesses. Smart Wifi is a cloud-based wifi hotspot management solution with marketing features.
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Created in 2002, Ucopia is a software publisher offering a wifi access management solution that is internationally recognised as a standard in terms of security and reliability. Ucopia is the European leader in “high density” wifi, which can manage a very large number of simultaneous connections. As such, Ucopia solutions can be found in many high-traffic locations such as stadiums and concert halls, airports, company headquarters, universities, hospitals and hotels. For example, Ucopia equips the Stade de France, Disneyland Paris, Club Med and the Accor Hotels Arena.
“Weblib’s core value is innovation. Our technological lead enables us to stand out from the competition and win new markets. The acquisition of Ucopia strengthens our lead with the most powerful high-density wifi solution on the European market”,
explains Arthur Philbé, co-founder of Weblib and new Chairman of Ucopia’s Management Board.
Ucopia’s solutions are sold by 170 active partners, including Orange, AXIANS, SFR, HubOne, APIXIT and NXO. “The network of partners developed by Ucopia is a major asset that we will be drawing on to accelerate the marketing of the group’s solutions. These partners have already shown an interest in our Smart Wifi cloud solution, which complements Ucopia’s traditional solution. This partnership opens up attractive commercial prospects for them too”, says Florian Galby, co-founder of Weblib.
This announcement confirms Weblib’s objective of becoming the European leader in the digitalisation of points of sale, company headquarters and public spaces. Ucopia, which generates 15% of its sales in Germany, will enable the group to accelerate its international expansion.
“Weblib’s development strategy is based on two pillars: organic growth, supported by a constant drive for innovation, and external growth. Other acquisitions are under consideration. We are analysing targets with two objectives in mind: to strengthen our product portfolio with complementary technologies, and to expand into new countries or new sectors”, concludes Arthur Philbé.
Founded in 2009, Weblib recreates the special link between retailers and their customers. Thanks to its point-of-sale digitalisation solutions, Weblib enables retailers to analyse customer behaviour and adopt real-time marketing solutions to improve customer loyalty. Co-founded by Arthur Philbé and Florian Galby, Weblib is now based in Paris and Bordeaux, following the acquisition of wifi operator Urban Koncept, whose founder Eric Chauvin has joined the group. Weblib has raised €5m since its creation. Present in
25 countries, its customers include McDonald’s, Uniqlo, Total and Heathrow Airport.
Founded in 2002, Ucopia has developed a wifi access management solution optimised for high-traffic areas, present in the world of transport (stations, airports), education (universities, schools), health (university hospitals, clinics), but also in company headquarters, stadiums and public places (libraries, town halls). The Ucopia solution provides an optimised user experience, from secure connection to marketing interaction. Since its creation, the company has deployed more than 180,000 hotspots worldwide.