Cisco invests in mobile services start-up

Cisco invests in mobile services start-up

SoonR gets Cisco boost to expand its mobile platform

SoonR, a provider of mobile computer file access and management services, this week received US$9.5 million in Series B funding led by Cisco.

The investment is intended to help the company expand its mobile platform and advance its partner-driven distribution strategy. Previous investors Intel Capital and Clearstone Venture Partners also participated in the round.

Total investment in the 2-year-old company now stands at US$15.5 million.

SoonR's platform integrates computer desktops and mobile devices. The company's service lets users access, back up and share files on their desktop computer from their mobile phone or Internet-enabled device, whether their computer is turned on or off. Documents created in a number of applications, such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and Outlook calendars and e-mail are accessible, SoonR says.

Data on the user's computer is also continuously backed up, allowing it to be restored should the computer be lost or stolen, SoonR says.

SoonR can also reportedly enable Skype calls to be made from cell phones, including Apple's iPhone.

SoonR has partnerships with Denmark carrier TeliaSonera as well as a joint development and marketing partnership with QuickOffice to provide next-generation mobile services. SoonR says it has partnerships with additional international carriers and is in pilot trials with others.

The SoonR service is designed to work across worldwide carrier networks and major handset operating systems.

SoonR was founded in 2005 and is based in Silicon Valley and Denmark.

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