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Intune Networks Receives Funding Round of US$17.75 Million

DUBLIN, Ireland, August 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Intune Networks, a leading developer of technology for telecommunications networks, is pleased to announce that it has raised US$17.75m from a consortium of international investors consisting of Amadeus Capital Partners, Balderton Capital (formerly known as Benchmark Capital Europe) and Spark Capital.

DUBLIN, Ireland, August 9 /PRNewswire/ — Intune Networks, a leading developer of technology for telecommunications networks, is pleased to announce that it has raised US$17.75m from a consortium of international investors consisting of Amadeus Capital Partners, Balderton Capital (formerly known as Benchmark Capital Europe) and Spark Capital.

Intune Networks was formed in Dublin in 1999 by John Dunne, chief marketing officer, and Tom Farrell, chief technology officer. Over the past eight years, the Intune team has developed a global reputation for their expertise in lasers, and this fund-raising will provide the resources to commercialise their innovations for the telecommunications market.

In August 2006, the company recruited Tim Fritzley, a senior executive in Microsoft's IPTV division, as chief executive to accelerate the build-out of the business. Tim Fritzley said: "The telecommunications landscape is undergoing enormous change right now. New networks are being designed to meet the huge consumer pull for video and other digital entertainment on-demand. Intune has the technology to solve some key problems for the large carriers, particularly with guaranteed service quality and network robustness."

He added: "The proceeds of the funding round give management the resources to accelerate its strategy. We are delighted to be supported by a world-class consortium of venture firms, each of which understands what it takes to commercialise leading edge technology at scale."

John Dunne, chief marketing officer, said: "We have nurtured our core technology and team over many years and have developed extensive intellectual property. Now the market is demanding the type of optical network innovation we can deliver. We will be announcing new products next year."

Commenting on the investment, George Coelho, of Balderton Capital said: "The demands of the consumer have evolved significantly over the past decade and the requirement to deliver diverse, high quality content in real-time is paramount to the success of the fixed line telecoms industry. This presents an exciting opportunity for Intune. We are delighted to be involved with Intune and share their vision for the optical networking business."

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About Intune Networks

Intune Networks is a leading developer of network equipment for telecommunications and enterprise networks. It was founded in 1999 by John Dunne and Tom Farrell, and has received early stage funding from the Bank of Scotland (formerly ICC Ventures), Enterprise Ireland and angel investors including Chris McHugh and Leonard Donnelly.

About Amadeus

Amadeus Capital Partners is one of Europe's leading technology investors. Since its inception in 1997, the firm has backed nearly 60 companies covering computer hardware and software, mobile and fixed communications technologies and medical technologies. Recent investments include Cambridge Silicon Radio, producing single chip bluetooth radios; Optos, a manufacturer of laser retinal scanners; PacketFront, a Swedish company providing systems to manage end-to-end delivery of multiple broadband services; ip.access, a UK company designing and manufacturing small mobile base stations; and Solexa, the developer of next generation genetic analysis systems, recently merged with Illumina Inc. For more information visit www.amadeuscapital.com

About Balderton Capital

Balderton Capital is one of Europe's largest venture capital firms, committed to finding and helping talented entrepreneurs build great companies. Based in London, it manages approximately USD 1.5 billion in committed venture capital. Since 2000, Balderton has invested in over 70 companies across a wide variety of technology sectors and geographies, including the UK, mainland Europe, the US and China. Notable investments include Alphyra (Europe's largest payment-processing network), Bebo (the leading social networking site), Betfair (the largest online betting exchange), Habbo Hotel (the teen social networking site), MySQL (the open-source database business) and Setanta Sports (the European sports pay-tv broadcaster).

About Spark Capital

Spark Capital is a venture capital fund focused on building businesses that transform the distribution, management and monetization of media and content. Spark's General Partners are successful natives of the media and technology industries and have proven track records identifying and actively building market-leading companies in sectors including infrastructure (Qtera, RiverDelta, Aether Systems, Broadbus and BigBand), networks (College Sports Television, TVONE and XCOM) and services (Akamai and the Platform).

With a deep network that spans technology and media, investing and operations, Spark Capital provides world-class entrepreneurs and revolutionary companies with the resources to succeed in today's marketplace. Spark Capital has US$622 million under management, and is based in Boston, Mass. To learn more, visit www.sparkcapital.com.

SOURCE Intune Networks

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