Stoke Uncloaks

Keenly watched stealth startup Stoke Inc. is going public with some details about its technology, pushing multimedia as its key capability in the increasingly crowded fixed/mobile convergence game.

The firm says it will handle calls and data across fixed and mobile networks with a "high-perfomance line rate IP session management platform," according to Sudhakar Ramakrishna, Stoke's VP of product management and strategy, or "Rama" as he told Unstrung to call him.

So what does such a beast do then?

The box, which is to be installed at major metropolitan POPs, or the "service edge" in Stoke-speak, will secure and terminate IP sessions and allow operators to perform tasks like rate limiting and bandwidth control.

"It is optimized for both voice and multimedia sessions," according to Rama, to handle "large multimedia sessions across networks."

The firm is clearly hoping to catch the growing wave of interest in delivering video and TV services over mobile networks as well as cable and DSL.

Stoke has so far gathered around $30 million in two rounds of venture funding to push its "one big network" strategy. (See Stoke Gets Stoked With $20M.)

As well as Procket-man Randall Kruep, the Stoke management team includes veterans from (Nasdaq: CSCO), (Nasdaq: JNPR), and others.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

doodah 12/5/2012 | 2:54:17 AM
re: Stoke Uncloaks Check out their website and company video ... its got all the hipness and ego splashing of the crash and burn companies from the dot com boom. I <think> the site is supposed to tell us something of the future, but all I get out of it is that Stoke is founded, started, and run by cool people who seem to know it all.

I bet they have dogs in the office and free European still water. I wonder if they have expensive artwork, too?


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