Frans Gerbosch

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Country: Belgium
Email: frans [at]


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Frans Gerbosch was a member of the Advisory Committee with the Public Interest Registry[1] for 7 years, a managing partner at NWX Projex Ltd., the owner of EUSIP bvba (or Rack66), founding partner of Smarttouch, a Belgian company specialized in POS (Point of Sales) systems, and also an independent Internet consultant with his firm, FraGerCo.

As a result of his different positions, he has a wide network of contacts within the European ISP market, but also within the Belgian Government.


Frans first became involved in the Internet in January, 1995, through one of the first Belgian ISP's, HookOn. He structured the organization and took care of the daily management.

In 1997, he was one of the founders of the Belgian XS4ALL Internet NV, daughter of the Dutch XS4ALL Internet BV, an ISP with a focus on small and medium sized enterprises. He worked as its CEO for 3.5 years. Meanwhile, in December 1998, XS4ALL became a subsidiary of the Dutch Telecom operator KPN.

The Federation of Belgian ISP's ISPA asked him to join the board in 1999. In 2000, he was elected as Vice-President, a position he held until the moment he left XS4ALL in July.

By the end of 2000, he started offering his services as independent strategic consultant at different major Belgian and international Internet and telecom investment companies. Beginning in 2001, he supported CBel with the launch of the housing and co-location project Rack66. In 2002, he was co-founder of the Belgian Internet Broadband Applications Platform BIBA, which began as an initiative of the Belgian Ministry of Telecommunications, with the main goal to foster broadband development in Belgium. In September, 2003, he was elected secretary.

In 2003, he co-founded EUSIP bvba, which continued the housing & hosting project Rack66 as an independent company. EUSIP bvba is an official Registrar of RIPE, the Belgian ccTLD .be, the European TLD .eu, and the Dutch ccTLD .nl.

Frans then co-founded NWX Projex LTD that offers website engineering and Internet based application development.

September, 2006, Mr. Gerbosch was asked to become a non-executive director of WiMax Europe, which is located in Ireland.

December, 2006, Frans joined the Registrar-Forum of the Belgian ccTLD .be.

March, 2007, he was elected as a member of the Advisory Board of PIR, the Public Interest Registry, and reserve member of the .eu Council of Conduct. He served the Advisory Board till 2015.

May, 2007, Frans co-founded Oxopia NV.

In July 2007, he decided to join the board of Vadro NV, a Belgian videoproduction company. He left this company 2009.

November, 2007, he was asked to join the Belgian chapter of the OpenDocSociety.

November 2014 he founded with his friend Yves Stouten, Smarttouch, that brings Point of Sales solutions to the Belgian market.


In February, 2005, he joined the ISOC -Belgian Chapter and became the vice-chair of the board.[2] ISOC Belgium has been an ALS and an official EURALO member since 2007. As a result of this engagement and experience he was asked to be a member of the jury of the Belgian selection of the World Summit Award (WSA) in 2005, and also in 2007.

April, 2007, Frans was appointed Chair of the Election committee of ISOC ECC.


He attened Don Bosco College Zwijnaarde of Belgium.[3] He studied Engineering at BME Highschool in Gent and the University of Ghent.

He followed a Management course at the Vlerick Management School of Ghent.

Career History

  • CTO & COO, Owner, and Party Architect of SALS Event- & Bookingoffice, January 1991-July 1995.
  • Secretary of the Board & General Manager at Hookon vzw, August 1995-February 1996.[4]
  • Co-Founder and CEO at [htpp:// XS4all Internet Belgium], January 1997 - July 2000.[5]
  • Secretary of the Board at BIBA Platform, December 2002- December 2006.
  • Non-Executive Director at Wimax EU Ltd., September 2006- September2009.
  • Independent Internet Consultant at FraGerCo (Self-employed), January 1997-Present.
  • Managing Partner (Owner) at EUSIP bvba, October 2003-Present. [6]
  • Member of the Advisory Committee at PIR, April 2007- end 2015.
  • Managing Partner (Owner) at of Smarttouch, November 2014-Present