Spanish telecoms group Telefonica has announced that its German unit, Telefonica O2 Germany, has launched an IP-based mobile phone service. The new international calling service, dubbed ‘O2 Global Friends’, is powered by JAJAH’s IP Communications Platform and will be gradually rolled out across the rest of the Spanish company’s O2 businesses in Europe. O2 Global Friends provides subscribers with local numbers for up to five friends abroad, which users can call anytime at costs similar to local calls. ‘By launching our first JAJAH-based products in Germany, we are bringing breakthrough new services to Europe’s largest telecoms market, further reinforcing our global leadership as an integrated communications innovator,’ noted Matthew Key, chairman and CEO of Telefonica Europe, adding: ‘In the coming months we will roll out further JAJAH-powered products across Telefonica territories to meet the growing demand for these new services.’ Leveraging a universal open telecoms platform, JAJAH’s managed services allow mobile operators, landline carriers, cable companies, technology firms and other businesses to adopt its voice solutions with minimal investment and time to market. The California-based IP communications company was acquired by Telefonica in December 2009 for USD207 million.