SAN FRANCISCO – July 19, 2016 – Kentik, the network traffic intelligence company, today announced that it has been selected as one of five winners of the inaugural call for start-ups launched by Go Ignite, an alliance between four major telcos, at Mobile World Congress 2016.
The Go Ignite call for start-ups drew over 142 applications from the global start-up community. The winners were selected from the following categories: cyber security, big data analytics, content delivery and for customer experience enhancement.
Go Ignite named Kentik as a winner for its Kentik Detect cloud-based platform, which enables access to billions of possible network analyses operating on trillions of instantly accessible data records, along with traffic flow visualizations and support for network performance metrics.
The partners of the Go Ignite alliance – Deutsche Telekom (hub:raum), Orange (Orange Fab), Singtel (Singtel Innov8), and Telefónica (Telefónica Open Future_) will provide Kentik and the other four winners of with business development opportunities. In addition, each start-up will receive support such as mentoring expertise, contacts, facilities, potential investment and access to a combined market of over one billion mobile customers across five continents.
Kentik CEO Avi Freedman said, “Kentik is extremely honored to be recognized by the Go Ignite alliance, made up of four of the world’s leading telco operators. We look forward to working with these valued partners to accelerate our business development and broaden our market reach.”
Mr. Axel Menneking, hub:raum, Deutsche Telekom said,” ‘Win with Partners’ is a key cornerstone of Deutsche Telekom’s strategy. Therefore we are excited to be a part of the Go Ignite alliance because this true open innovation program enables us to benefit in two ways: by transferring relevant cutting edge start-up innovation into our businesses and by jointly addressing unsolved industry problems in collaboration with other leading telcos.”
Ms. Nathalie Boulanger, Start-up Ecosystem Director, Orange said, “As our first call, we were greatly encouraged by both the calibre and diversity of entrants from across the globe. And we are hugely excited at the prospect of working with these winners to help bring them along and open up a global market for them, through our combined footprint.”
Mr. Edgar Hardless, Chief Executive Officer, Singtel Innov8, said, “The Go Ignite alliance helps start-ups succeed in multiple markets by providing them with the right resources that are critical for their commercialisation. The inaugural results of the first call from this alliance are very promising and demonstrate our ability to attract a wide pool of great start-ups to collaborate with the four leading telcos. Given this promising start, we want to maintain the momentum and work closely with the alliance members to help the five inaugural winners to adapt and market their solutions across different regions.”
Mrs. Ana Segurado, Global General Director, Telefonica Open Future_ said, “It is an exciting time for the Go Ignite alliance as the announcement marks the beginning of business development opportunities for our call winners. We strongly believe that open innovation initiatives such as the Go Ignite program will bring benefits for both large telco and start-ups with significant traction. The results so far show the alliance members real commitment and unity to collaborate with start-ups and support their growth.”
Go Ignite (http://go-ignite.com/) is an alliance aimed at connecting the start-up ecosystems across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The Go Ignite global call for start-ups encourages teams worldwide to enter their projects into any one of the categories identified by the alliance to be of strategic interest. Participating start-ups will get to win business development opportunities with the alliance members – which allow them to adapt and market their solutions across multiple continents that could reach a billion mobile customers, on the back of the combined alliance resources.
Kentik provides Kentik Detect, a cloud-based network visibility and analytics solution that delivers a panoramic view of any network. Kentik processes tens of billions of data records per day, equipping service providers, Web enterprises, and network operations teams with actionable insights that enable them to make quick, cost-effective decisions. The company was founded by network and Big Data technologists and executives from companies like Akamai, CloudFlare, YouTube, and Netflix, with decades of experience in operations, architecture and distributed systems. Kentik is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Visit www.kentik.com or follow @KentikInc on Twitter.