Telefonica partners with Line for Firefox OS push

Customers buying Telefonica Firefox OS handsets in Spain, Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Brazil and Mexico will get exclusive access to the platform’s Line app, a competitor to the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Telefónica Digital buys WebRTC and video chat expert Tokbox

Video chat startup turned real-time communications platform provider Tokbox has been acquired by Telefónica Digital, the international business arm of Spain’s telco giant Telefónica. Together, they want to provide communication services to developers, combining SMS, voice, video and billing with one simple API.

API manager Apigee gets $20M for mobile focus

Apigee, a company that helps manage and monitor APIs, snagged a $20 million round of funding led by new investor Focus Ventures, with participation from current investors Bay Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, SAP Ventures and Third Point Ventures.

Why are mobile networks dropping like flies?

Last week, Orange France’s mobile network tanked, knocking out the mobile phones of millions of subscribers. This week the same thing happened to O2 in the U.K. U.S. carriers like Verizon and T-Mobile aren’t immune either. Global networks have developed a big signaling problem.

Boku’s Eurotrip nets big mobile payment deals

Mobile payments start-up Boku has signed a deal with Telefonica, the huge mobile carrier with almost 300 million subscribers, who will use Boku to power its payment API for BlueVia, its global developer program. It comes a week after Boku secured deals with two French carriers.

Telcos could be the key to Twitter’s revenue model

Twitter is using a service provided by a telco spin out to access telco APIs for its new photo service. As part of this move it–and other developers– may have found a crucial key to making money for themselves and even for telecommunications providers.

Meet the Top 20 Mobile Networks in the World

Mature mobile markets like the U.S., Western Europe, Japan and South Korea continue to generate the big dollars for the mobile industry, but the future revenue growth is coming from new telecom economies. That’s resulting in changes in telecom hierarchies across the world.

With SMS, Twilio Continues to Shake Up Communications

Twilio is launching an SMS service that allows web app developers to add SMS-based functionality into their web apps for about 3 cents a message. Twilio also cut the per-month, per-phone number price to $1 a month from $5.

O2/Telefónica Buys Jajah for $207M

Telefónica, the parent company of O2, today announced the acquisition of Jajah for €145 million (about $207 million) in an all-cash transaction. The rumors of this deal emerged earlier this month.

Latest on O2-Jajah Deal: Not Done Yet

Yesterday, rumors were flying that O2, a division of Telefonica, a large Spanish phone company was buying Israel-based VoIP company, Jajah for about $200 million. My sources say that despite the reports, the deal isn’t done and the price is lower than $200 million previously reported.

Why O2 Wants to Buy Jajah

O2, a division of Telefonica, a Spanish telecommunications company, is a front-runner to buy Jajah, a 4-year-old VoIP startup. O2 offered $200 million, rumor has it, beating out Microsoft and Cisco. So why does everyone want a piece of the upstart?

Player X Gets Portal On Telefónica

Spanish operator Telefónica has signed up to launch 100% Mobile, a mobile portal and shop managed by Player X Distribution. The portal will…

Player X Gets Portal On Telefónica

Spanish operator Telefónica has signed up to launch 100% Mobile, a mobile portal and shop managed by Player X Distribution. The portal will…

Earnings: Telefonica Profits Fall 50 Percent

Telefonica (NYSE: TEF) reported third quarter profit declined 50 percent to 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion) from 4.02 billion euros ($5 billi…

The Mobile Linux War

A recent report from ABI Research highlights the rise of mobile Linux, estimating that 23 percent of the world’s smartphones will have…

Earnings: Latin America Boosts Telefonica

Spanish telecoms firm Telefonica (NYSE: TEF) reported fourth quarter earnings today. Fourth quarter profits rose to 1.06 billion euros ($1.6…