Tuesday, August 1, 2006

DiVitas Raises $15 Million for Enterprise FMC Platform

DiVitas Networks, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, raised $15 million in series B funding for its enterprise-class fixed-mobile-convergence (FMC) platform that enables seamless roaming between Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

The platform, which is currently in beta testing, is being designed to work with in any corporate WLAN environment, with any PBX, and over any type of fixed, mobile, or wireless network. A light, client application would run on the dual-mode handset.

DiVitas said the key mission for its forthcoming platform is to provide the cost advantages of seamlessly bridging cellular calls over to lower cost WLANs while enabling enterprises to retain control of this process. This would include the ability to monitor media quality in order to specify when and how handoffs should occur, and the ability to implement advanced security. Security capabilities include application-layer authentication, authorization and access control, session-layer end-to-end encryption, packet filtering and bandwidth policing, network-layer STUN, NAT/Firewall Traversal and automatic pre-authentication.

In the funding round, lead investor Menlo Ventures was joined by existing investor Clearstone Venture Partners. To date, the company has raised $23 million.


  • DiVitas was founded by president and CEO Vivek Khuller and CTO Venkat Kalkunte. Khuller was previously a venture partner at Clearstone Venture Partners, entrepreneur in residence at Matrix Partners, and an executive at Sycamore Networks and Verizon. Kalkunte formerly worked at Cisco, and was founding engineer of Transmedia Communications, which Cisco purchased in 1999. He also worked at Alteon, Stratacom, and other technology companies.