Voxbone is at the forefront of VoIP technology and services. Every day, new services based on VoIP are released, and the speed at which traditional voice services are being replaced by IP-based services, increases. This trend is creating pressure on existing regulations, technology standards and telecommunications conventions. To maximize the benefits of VoIP for residential and business end-users, Voxbone leverages its expertise by participating actively in the following telecommunications associations and working groups:
Telecom Council of Silicon Valley
The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley connects companies and individuals involved in the region's communications technology industry with one another for business development, collaboration, and education. Using our network, tools, framework, and meetings to bring together the local telecom industry's critical mass of businesses, research, ideas, capital, and human expertise – the Council is a hub for telecom professionals.
EENA - European Emergency Number Association
EENA, the European Emergency Number Association, is a Brussels-based NGO set up in 1999 dedicated to promoting high-quality emergency services reached by the number 112 throughout EU. EENA serves as a discussion platform for emergency services, public authorities, decision makers, associations and solution providers in view of improving emergency response in accordance with citizens' requirements. EENA is also promoting the establishment of an efficient system for alerting citizens about imminent or developing emergencies. Voxbone is one of the 50 contributing solutions providers.
BELTUG is the largest Belgian independent user group of ICT decision makers, working on communications services. More than 1000 members actively share their knowledge and experience with each other, while benefiting from free reports, conferences, round tables, case stories and lobbying. In an on-line environment or in person, members learn from each other, each taking their communications technology and services a step forward.
International Telecommunication Union
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations' specialized agency for information and communications technologies. ITU is committed to connecting all of the world's people – wherever they live and whatever their means. It works to protect and support everyone's fundamental right to communicate. Voxbone is an associate member of ITU Study Group 2, responsible for standardizing telephone numbers. The company is responsible for editing the E129 ITU-T recommendation.
Internet Telephony Services Providers' Association
ITSPA – The Internet Telephony Services Providers' Association was formed in March 2004 as a trade association to represent UK-based network operators, service providers and other businesses involved with the supply of VoIP services to business and residential consumers within the UK and across the European Union. An active member of several working groups, Voxbone contributed to plans for the evolution of the UK numbering plan and to discussions on future number portability processes and systems.
VON Coalition Europe
The VON Coalition Europe advocates for public policies that support the availability and adoption of Internet communications products, including VoIP and other IP-enabled applications, products and services that consumers access over broadband and the Internet, as well as educating its members on regulatory and policy issues of business importance. Voxbone is a founding member.
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organizations. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events, such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Congress. Voxbone is an associate member.
International Inbound Services Forum
The International Inbound Services Forum (IISF) was established to promote and aid the development of international inbound services, such as the International Toll-Free Service, the International Shared-Cost Service, the International Premium Rate Service and the Home Country Direct Service (as defined by the ITU-T), and to develop and expand the market and use of these services. Voxbone is a member of the IISF steering committee.
The i3 Forum brings together the communications expertise of more than 37 telecommunications operators representing a combined retail base in excess of 1 billion customers in more than 80 countries. The goal of the i3 Forum is to develop collaborative recommendations for an industry-wide transition of voice and related services to IP. The forum's unified effort to expedite global IP-based voice implementation enhances worldwide communications by supporting widespread access to innovative and high-quality IP-based services and applications. Voxbone is member of the i3 Forum steering committee.
European Competitive Telecommunications Association
Founded in 1998, the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) supports the regulatory and commercial interests of new entrant telecoms operators, ISPs, and suppliers of products and services to the communications industry. The organization works for a fair regulatory environment, which allows all electronic communications providers to compete on level terms to multiply investment and innovation throughout an effective European internal market. The association represents the telecommunications industry to key government and regulatory bodies and maintains a forum for networking and business development. Voxbone is an active contributor to the Regulatory Working Group and has participated in several work streams.
Intug is an international association of business users of telecommunications, bringing together national and multinational user associations throughout the world. With members and contacts on all five continents, it has a global presence. Since its founding in 1974, Intug has contributed significantly to opening telecommunications markets to competition.