Feeds

T-Mobile internet biz buys a slice of VoIP action

Jajah completes big name backer roster

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Jajah, the Austro-Californian VoIP outfit we profiled last week, has announced that the mystery second investor in its third funding round is Deutsche Telekom (DT).

DT's T-Online Venture Fund paid about $5m for a "less than five per cent stake" in Jajah. Intel coughed the rest of the $20m earlier this month. The chip giant plans to load Jajah firmware onto every CPU it ships from 2008 onwards.

The DT deal was cut at this year's 3GSM mobile phone trade show in Barcelona. Jajah co-founder Daniel Mattes told the Register that execs from T-Online moved very swiftly to pony up the cash for a slice of the self-proclaimed "Google of VoIP".

DT's mobile arm, T-Mobile, has been among the most receptive operators to over-the-top internet services. Its Web 'n' Walk tariff packages' liberal fair use policies have made them popular with VoIP users.

Mattes said the telco had made the investment because "they have no choice" but to accept that cheaper VoIP calling will become the norm. In return for a small chunk of equity, Jajah will get ready access to T-Mobile subscribers, who numbered 31 million in Germany, 17 million in the UK, and 25 million in the US at the end of last year. Jajah has accrued about two million users in 55 countries in its first operational year, and plans an IPO next year.

Perhaps equally important to the VoIP operation is the Mutually-Assured Destruction-style protection of DT's telecoms patents, which should help it dodge the intellectual property mauling which has sabotaged Vonage's expansion bid Stateside. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.