Citrix buys Bytemobile, eyes mobile operators

Citrix's purchase of Bytemobile will give it access to 130 mobile carriers in 60 countries.

Citrix acquired Bytemobile, which provides mobile data and video optimization services, in a move aimed at landing mobile operators as customers.

The company said that Bytemobile will blend together well with NetScaler.

According to Citrix, the purchase of Bytemobile will allow it to reach mobile operators. Citrix plans to use Bytemobile to form a new product group. Citrix Chief Marketing Officer Wes Wasson said the Bytemobile purchase is strategic because the company would have had to buy a series of niche Web and video optimization players to match what the latest acquisition provides.

Bytemobile makes adaptive traffic controllers as well as tools to manage capacity via its Unison Platform, which relieves network congestion. Bytemobile's flagship technology is called Smart Capacity, which analyzes and controls data and increases network efficiency. Bytemobile is designed for 3G and 4G LTE.

The deal, which is expected to close in July, works with Citrix's strategy enable work on any mobile device via cloud computing. Citrix also offers infrastructure to optimize the cloud via virtualization.

Citrix didn't disclose the value of the deal or integration plans.

According to Citrix, the aim of the Bytemobile acquisition is to capitalize on the build-out of 4G and the fact that more than 50 percent of mobile data is video.

Bytemobile's software is deployed in 130 mobile operators in more than 60 countries. Overall, Bytemobile serves 2 billion subscribers and processes 20 petabytes of data a day. The two companies already have joint customers who pair Citrix's NetScaler gear with Bytemobile hardware and software via select T-Series systems (right).

Chris Koopmans, operating chief of Bytemobile, will become general manager of Citrix's service provider platform unit. All Bytemobile employees will join Citrix, he said.