It is that time of year when we like to reflect on what has happened during the year and look forward to what will be in 2009. Here in the UK the ‘Credit Crunch’ has dominated the headlines and had an effect on business in all areas and for sure the effect will be felt in 2009 and passibly beyond.
Ignoring the Credit Crunch for now, then 2008 has seen VoIP widely adopted and accepted by businesses and we all need to try and continue this in 2009, where clear savings can be demonstrated then businesses will be looking for for such technology.
Early indications have shown that GSM gateways will be more readily adopted as for the vast majority of businesses really big savings on mobile costs can be demonstrated and remember to talk to us about our ranges from Topex and Teles.
Happy New Year to all our readers and here is to a successful 2009 despite it all
We are seeing some rumours appear that Sylantro has been or is about to be acquired by Broadsoft, reports are appearing over on the FierceVoIP site here and we have also seen a blog from an alleged ex Sylantro employee here and both of these make for some interesting reading but of course until Broadsoft make a formal statement we cannot be sure of anything.
So what will all this mean – there are suggestions Sylantro are in trouble and that Broadsoft will acquire the technology – who knows. We may see one of the main VoIP platform providers dissapear to be swallowed by the competition but only time will tell.
We know are industry loves to create some terms and that Phishing is now a widespread threat to the online community. With various products, solutions and services available out there claiming to minimize the phishing threat, it is wise to take a step back and look at the phishing threat in itself and identify its various components. This is done through studying various phishing attacks, the processes involved, and then comparing them to other previous attacks. Vishing is the same as Phishing but done via VoIP
Today, phishing attacks and its many variants are in the forefront of the news. Due to this publicity, organizations that offer services online, especially the financial institutions, are looking into various controls to mitigate the risks of phishing attacks.
Have a look at the full article over on Top Tech News – Spam & Hackers – Phishing: Don’t Be the Catch of the Day!.
We have seen a press announcement that Voxbone has announced iNum, a one global telephone number that enables anyone to establish a local presence anywhere in the world. Voxbone is making use of 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.”
“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.” To create a number with “local” PSTN access around the world, Voxbone worked with the ITU to establish the +883 country code, in the same way that +44 is the country code that refers internationally to the United Kingdom and +1 to the United States.
“Voxbone provides iNum numbers for free to carriers and service providers,” Ullens said. As the number wholesaler, Voxbone will receive calls to these numbers and deliver them to the appropriate service provider. In this way, it connects incoming calls from PSTN callers as well as calls between different VoIP islands. Some iNum participating carriers will resell iNum numbers to their customers so they can receive calls; other participants will merely route (terminate) calls to the new numbers. Most participating carriers will even deliver calls to iNum numbers free of charge to their users, effectively providing free connectivity between their network and remote networks.
“Customers and prospects who see an advertised iNum telephone number that costs little or nothing to dial will be just as inclined to call an international business as they would any business physically located nearby or in-country,” said Ullens. “We see iNum encouraging more people to call globally, enabling business subscribers to have wider interactions with callers from new markets,” he added. “For carriers, iNum will increase call minutes and generate additional revenue through innovative global services.”
This is an interesting developement in the IP telephony market and could mean users selecting a call to particular numbers as this could be a free or low cost call – we will watch this one with interest
For more information see iNum or for the press relaease go to Voxbone.