Sprint partners with Mobolize to improve network performance for enterprise users

Sprint (NYSE:S) said it will use technology from Mobolize, an endpoint web optimization startup, to offer enterprise customers ways to more effectively manage fixed and wireless bandwidth, and to access services while offline. Sprint said it will use the technology across its wireless, cloud and wireline offerings.

Mobolize, a privately held company founded in 2009 and headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., uses its technology to put intelligent caches on endpoint devices, such as smartphones and tablets. The technology can optimize users' bandwidth and even let users access to web pages and web applications when they are offline.

The company claims its "Cachefront" technology improves WAN optimization controllers, or WOCs, by providing multiple, dedicated, secure caches on smartphones, tablets and other devices, which then significantly reduces bandwidth consumption for web-based business applications and frequently visited websites.

Mobolize also claims that its technology is especially useful for field-based and traveling employees who frequently have to deal with limited, or no, wired, wireless or Wi-Fi connections. The caching technology also frees bandwidth for other cloud-based business applications that share the same bandwidth, letting businesses better manage traffic and network capacity, Mobilize said.

"Businesses want a ubiquitous network experience no matter where they are and Mobolize's technology helps ensure that happens," Mobolize CEO Philip Mustain said in a statement. "Sprint understands that in a world where everything is shifting to cloud and mobile, it's even more important to focus on ways of delivering better performance."

Sprint is one of the few major wireless carriers that continues to offer unlimited data services, and has said that it uses a variety of undisclosed techniques to ensure that its network is able to handle the load.

Of course, Mobolize is not the only company, or even the only startup, focused on network optimization. Centri, for example, has been touting its mobile network management and optimization platform this year, and its primary selling point is that its client-server architecture integrates network management and optimization functions from an end-to-end perspective.

Sprint, meanwhile, is in the midst of completing its Network Vision network modernization project, which is centered on the rollout of LTE. Sprint has also started building out its tri-mode LTE service, "Sprint Spark," which it claims will be able to deliver speeds capable of reaching 50-60 Mbps and perhaps faster.

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