In the flurry of announcements for nexus one at CES, some important announcements did not get the coverage .. one such is the acquisition of Jajah by telefonica ..
I have a theory ..
a) all voice is going VOIP. Already the core network has IP(through IMS). The access network is supposed to get IP through LTE
b) However, voice is the big bottleneck for LTE – hence initiatives like VOLGA and 3gpp voice
c) Now, both of the above have limitations. They will take a while to be ‘global’. Meanwhile the world cannot wait for the telcos to interoperate
d) Now this is where Jajah gets interesting. Jajah has a virtual network through VOIP servers across the planet. As gigaom says
However, Jajah’s struggles didn’t prevent it from building its own virtual network with special VoIP servers across the planet, connected through leased fiber connections. It also connects with various PSTN networks (see map). Think of it as a virtual global phone company that allows it to route calls from one place, say New York, to another like Shanghai, at ultra-low prices.
e) This means – telefonica gets a VOIP network globally and does not need to rely on either Volga or 3GPP voice. It could easily ‘offload’ long distance voice calls to the Jajah VOIP network. This could work well especially for Telefonica’s latam footprint
f) There is also a seperate case for Voice as a platform see visionmobile post HERE
If the above theory is true .. then I think it is a very clever move.
It also shows that VOIP has truly arrived!