Voxbone announces iNum: the Internet's first global 'country code'

12 Nov 2008

Voxbone, a provider of local telephone numbers to communications service providers and businesses worldwide, has launched iNum, a global telephone number that enables anyone to establish a local presence anywhere in the world. Voxbone will use the 883 ‘country code’, newly created by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to create a global country code and associated banks of direct-inward-dial (DID) numbers. ‘iNum is a new kind of phone number for a new kind of world – a world with a new geography that’s about local presence and global relationships, not about distance or national borders,’ said Rodrigue Ullens, CEO and co-founder of Voxbone. ‘We believe the new geography is defined by the markets, customers and vendors that businesses need to connect with most. We need ’local’ communication with these people, whether calls originate on public-switched or VoIP networks, whether they are truly local or ‘virtually’ local.’ Ullens said the ITU approved Voxbone’s testing of iNum in June 2007. ’We received our first iNum allocation and began testing ’883’ numbers in remote networks,’ he said. ‘This month we begin a preview with several service providers, Jajah, Mobivox, Gizmo5, Ribbit, iotum, Rebtel, Voipbuster, Voxeo and Voipuser.’

Among wholesale voice carriers, Arbinet, Belgacom ICS, Level 3 Communications and Stealth’s Voice Peering Fabric are already routing +883 calls. Since recognising the new country code requires an update to the switch routing tables of all wholesalers, international carriers and retail providers, +883 calls must traverse participating carriers’ networks to connect. A list of all such carriers and their rates for iNum connection appears on the www.inum.net site.