Gilles Babinet, mobile-entertainment entrepreneur and founder of mobile-music service provider Musiwave, is to step down from the Mobile Entertainment Forum's (MEF) board of directors.

Babinet tells that rapid growth at his current three mobile ventures has prevented him from dedicating as much time as he would like to the MEF.

"I am now so busy, I won't have the amount of time I would like to focus on MEF board activities," he tells Consequently, after three years, he has handed in his letter of resignation from the board. Babinet, however, will remain an MEF member.

Babinet's move to quit comes after Paris-based DigiCompanion, a downloadable-gift venture that Babinet co-founded in January 2006, recently raised €1.7 million from French venture-capital firm Alven Capital.

DigiCompanion gives brand owners the opportunity to offer consumers digitally delivered free gifts, including ringtones and full tracks, as part of marketing campaigns.

DigiCompanion will clear the rights, deliver the downloadable music via its Web site, and determine the campaign's success by tracking customers' usage.

Clients have included food manufacturer Nestle, crystal-glass jewellery maker Swarovski, and French Internet service provider Neuf Cegetel.

Babinet is also executive chairman of Eyeka, a mobile-video service provider, and a partner at MXP4, an interactive-music technology developer.