Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Aylus Raises $16 Million for Mobile MRF Platform

Aylus Networks, a start-up based in Westford, MA, raised $16 million in venture funding for its infrastructure software for enabling video communication services over mobile networks.

The Aylus Media Platform is an integrated solution that includes media switching, signaling and processing, session management, content portal and storage management, and analytics. The company features a patented media switching and processing platform (also known as a Media Resource Function (MRF)) that performs real-time media transcoding, transizing, and transrating. It also provides rich session management tools.

"The dawn of video becoming the new voice is upon us," said Mark Edwards, CEO Aylus Networks. "The emergence of powerful video-ready smartphones and tablets, high-speed mobile networks, and consumers becoming accustomed to video calling on the desktop establishes the ideal conditions for the mass adoption of mobile video calling. For video calling to be a mass-market phenomenon it needs to be offered as a seamless add-on option to a voice call."

London UK-based m8 Capital led the financing, with existing backers, Matrix Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners, who fully participated their pro rata share.

  • Aylus was founded by Shamim Naqvi. Previously, he was co-founder and chairman of Winphoria Networks, a Cellular Push-to-Talk and wireless SoftSwitch company now part of Motorola Corporation. Previously, Shamim was Vice President of Software Research at Lucent Bell Labs and co-pioneer of the revolutionary SoftSwitch technology for wireline and wireless networks.

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