Citrix has agreed to acquire mobile network optimisation firm Byte Mobile.
The company declined to disclose terms of the deal, which will add a mobile services branch to its enterprise virtualisation and network management operations.
"This is not just a technology acquisition, this is an extension of an important new business for us," said Citrix senior vice president and chief marketing officer Wes Wasson. "We will be forming a dedicated group for this business space."
Based in Silicon Valley, Byte Mobile produces products that help mobile service providers manage and optimise mobile traffic on their networks. Citrix said that it will be keeping the Byte Mobile team in tact and allowing the company to continue operating its platforms and services as a branch of Citrix.
The company hopes that the move will allow Citrix to provide optimisation and management services for telecommunications firms alongside its other network and datacentre optimisation platforms.
"The core way to think about this is that our business is fixed around the notion of enabling mobile working and cloud computing," Wasson said.
"Having a strategic footprint in the mobile network operators is essential."
Chris Koopman, the Byte Mobile chief operating officer who will be heading the new business unit, said that the group will continue to focus on optimising the delivery of data traffic over mobile networks, specifically streaming video services.
"In the early days of 2G, the real challenge was adoption, how we get users to subscribe to mobile data," Koopman explained.
"As we reached 2009, the adoption form was there and now the operational challenge was less about driving adoption and more about managing that adoption."
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