Israeli start-up Jajah, which provides VoIP telephone calls, has signed a strategic agreement with software giant Microsoft. Under the agreement, Jajah will provide Microsoft with SIP (session initiation protocol) trunking services. SIP connects a company's PBX to the existing telephone system infrastructure (PSTN) via Internet using the SIP VoIP standard. The agreement allows companies to make high quality voice calls over Jajah’s IP Platform in the cloud, without requiring an infrastructure upgrade.
Enterprises using Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2 can now connect directly with Jajah’s global IP network to make high quality voice calls from a computer or landline to any network and any device.
According to market sources, this is a significant deal for Jajah, which will earn several million dollars from it. Jajah CEO Trevor Healy said, "The Jajah qualification on Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2 is a clear indicator of the strength of Jajah's platform and quality as a carrier-grade SIP solutions provider. Enterprises across the world can implement VoIP and unified communication easily and cost effectively with Microsoft and Jajah."
Jajah was founded in 205, with the aim of providing cheap calls over the Internet. Jajah now enables cellphone users to use the same facility. Users can make international calls from a landline phone, a cellphone, or a computer. The company’s website claims that the service saves users 98% on the cost of long-distance calls.
In March this year, Jajah raised $2.5 million as part of a fourth fund-raising round estimated at $5 million in total. It is believed that the money was raised from existing investors Globespan Capital Partners, Intel Capital, Sequoia, and T-Venture Holding, a unit of Deutsche Telekom. According to IVC, the company has so far raised $31.25 million in total.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes.co.il - on August 26, 2009
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