Telefónica is providing connectivity and local numbers for Twilio as the software company launches its portfolio of cloud-based communications in Germany.
US-based Twilio’s platform provides services including VoIP, messaging, SIP Trunking and dual-function voice and SMS mobile phone numbers to enterprises.
The company also fosters a developer community that builds communications apps using its APIs.
CEO and co-founder Jeff Lawson (pictured) told European Communications that Germany is the 27th country in Europe in which it has launched, and one of the most complex from a regulatory point of view.
Twilio claims use of its services by non-US businesses has grown 240 percent this year.
It works with over 100 telcos around the world, primarily to get access to local numbers.
Lawson said his company uses telco wholesale businesses or partners with operators directly depending on the market.
As such, he said operators should “keep investing” to provide best in-class data networks.
As a quid pro quo, he said his company could boost operators’ enterprise offerings.
“By providing a developer interface we can help to develop new use cases, which helps carriers to monetise their investments,” Lawson said.
Twilio also boosts operator coffers by increasing the volume of SMS traffic that terminates on their networks.
According to Lawson, “composability” is one of biggest trends in enterprise IT that telcos should be on the look out for.
“The future is in micro services that can be stitched together and reconfigured as necessary to make companies more agile,” he said.
“Enterprises will pull together pieces [of software-based technology] that they need to solve problems. The notion that you run 20-year old hardware just won’t cut it any more.”
Pia von Houwald, Director of Business Development at Telefónica Germany commented: “Telefónica Deutschland pushes digital and innovative solutions. The Twilio communications platform offers a unique voice and messaging solution for mobile web applications in the German market.”