Telefónica Digital buys TokBox

Iñaki Ferreras | 06-11-2012

Telefónica Digital has acquired the TokBox platform for video communications over the Internet, which will expand the company’s service beyond voice and messaging for private and corporate clients.
TokBox, through its OpenTok platform, is used for communicating live video through the incorporation of video calls on mobile websites and applications.
Matthew Key, CEO of Telefónica Digital, said: "By incorporating the unique capabilities of TokBox to our portfolio of communications services, we will allow our customers to leverage the full potential of video communications based on Internet can use in their own business models.”
The service will be available directly and through customized solutions, by offering APIs and applications for businesses and developers to provide their own services. Telefónica and TokBox video APIs incorporate the BlueVia platform and create a unified API service video, voice and text with global reach.
Ian Small, TokBox CEO, added, "The integration of our video capabilities to offer voice and text within Telefónica’s current office suite creates an advanced real-time communication for hundreds of millions of customers across Telefónica the world.”
Launched in 2010, OpenTok video chat can be used with any iOS application and enables video calls to be more simply made from a browser, without the need to install plug-ins. Companies like American Idol, Ford and Diet Coke have already used its technology.
Ian Small will continue as CEO of TokBox and Carlos Domingo, director of product development and innovation of Telefónica Digital, will join the board of directors at TokBox and become president of the company. The acquisition was led by a Telefónica Digital private equity team based in Silicon Valley.