Philip Vercruysse has communications running through his blood. "In 1962 my parents developed the very first car phone in Belgium, with King Baudouin as a client. That was the beginning of my fascination with radio communications. It was a hobby, which soon developed into a passion. And that is still the case today."
In 1990, that passion led Philip to start his own company, Entropia Critical Concepts.
"I started on my own, with a 250 euros starting capital. The rest I borrowed, and I also reinvested all earnings. My aim was to develop telecommunication networks in various countries that are independent from public mobile networks.
“Today, we have the largest independent commercial radio network, and we offer mission critical professional telecom services in Belgium, the Netherlands and soon in the United Kingdom. On 22 March 2016, the tragic day of the terror attacks in Brussels, our network was the only one that remained operational."
The idea of setting up a mobile telecom network for mission critical professional users came from Vercruysse himself.
"I was inspired by companies that developed GSM networks. They showed me how not to do things should a tragedy strike. There is one golden rule: we need to get the technical part right before anything is marketed."
Soon enough, Philip had landed 2 large deals.
"In Africa, we developed a radio network for the United Nations. And in the Brussels-Capital Region we developed one for the police services, with more than 4000 connections. Later, we withdrew from the African market, to focus entirely on the European market, which offers much more stability.”