RadioFrame Networks announced Wednesday that it has raised $11 million in two funding rounds. The Redmond, Wash.-based company, which makes equipment that extends wireless reception into buildings, said the $4 million first round was led by COM Investments along with Nicolas Kauser and Nextel Communications. COM Investments is the personal investment company of Craig McCaw, the former CEO of McCaw Cellular Communications, which is now AT&T Wireless. Kauser was the former chief technology officer at AT&T Wireless.
The venture capital firm Ignition led the $7 million second round with Orange Ventures and Nextel also jumping on board. Orange Ventures is the VC arm of European wireless carrier Orange. RadioFrame's equipment acts as a miniature wireless site that boosts access within buildings and other structures which can often interfere with wireless coverage indoors. The gear can work with multiple communications protocols and can serve, for example, phones that run on different carrier networks.
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