Axentra Raises $6 Million

Axentra, an Ottawa-based maker of digital content access software for consumers, has raised US$6 million in Series A funding led by T-Online Venture Fund.

T-Online Venture Fund today announced an investment in Axentra, makers of the award-winning HipServ Home Server software platform that puts consumers' digital content at their fingertips, both in the home and remotely. The fund is managed by T-Venture Holding GmbH, the corporate venture capital entity of Deutsche Telekom. The 6 million US$ Series A funding in Axentra is led by T-Online Venture Fund.

The investment is part of a broader strategic initiative to equip Deutsche Telekom business units with technology that can be used to offer value-added services to mobile and broadband customers. Deutsche Telekom, also known in the US for their mobile arm, T-Mobile, is one of the worldwide leading telecommunication companies with over 61 Billion Euros Revenue (80 Billion Dollars) in 2006.

“We designed our HipServ platform to address the need of OEMs and service providers for a simple and affordable personal media serving and sharing solution. The fact that T-Online Venture Fund recognized the value of the platform for Deutsche Telekom-affiliated companies clearly demonstrates the merits of our technology,” said Marc-Antoine Benglia, CEO of Axentra.  “This investment is significant not only as an immediate funding source but also as an indication that HipServ will quickly gain market traction among other providers.”

“The home server is becoming an essential part of the digital home. The challenge has been to deliver a smart, easy-to-use and economical solution,” said Dr. Volker Binder, Senior Vice President, Near Access Services, Deutsche Telekom. “Axentra's HipServ is a platform with the broadest and easiest functionality and hardware compatibility we have seen, and we believe it has the potential to become the standard in the industry.”

HipServ is a file and media server solution that enables users to centrally organize, find and manage their photos, music, home video, recorded TV and personal documents at home or on the road. It streams photos, music, and video throughout the home as well as enabling seamless sharing and remote access for friends and family.  It is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers, Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox360, UPnP or DLNA certified digital media players, IP-enabled TVs, and Web-enabled mobile devices, providing a wide range of access options.

As a complete home server software platform and applications suite, HipServ allows OEMs and service providers to quickly go to market with a branded home server solution that can be used as a delivery platform for custom services. It powers the leading home server appliances; provides complete security from any broadband connection; sets up in minutes; and is available at an affordable price point that allows OEMs and service providers to offer simple, smart and affordable solutions such as LaCie's recent release, the Ethernet Disk Mini