United Nations Selects Voxbone to Implement Unique Country Code for Agencies Offering Humanitarian Aid after Natural Disasters
Company Chosen for Its Experience in Providing iNum® Worldwide Telephone Numbers
BRUSSELS – May 25, 2011 – Voxbone today announced it has been selected to provide a means for United Nations agencies responding with humanitarian aid in times of natural disasters to stay in contact and communicate with one another quickly and easily via a unique United Nations country code – 888.
Under agreement with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Voxbone has been authorized to implement the country code 888 that the ITU has assigned to OCHA for UN agencies engaged in rendering assistance to nations or regions affected by natural disasters, such as the Southeast Asian tsunami or the earthquake in Haiti.
Having its own special 888 country code will allow the UN to assign specific numbers to agencies providing humanitarian relief to victims of such disasters.
The agreement states, in part: "… OCHA appoints Voxbone as its agent to assist OCHA with the implementation and routing of the +888 numbering range / country code, and to take any actions needed to ensure that calling parties on multiple fixed and mobile access networks can call the +888 numbering range / country code under conditions specified by OCHA."
Voxbone CEO Rod Ullens said OCHA chose Voxbone, the market-leading wholesale provider of geographical, toll-free and iNum® worldwide telephone numbers, because of its success since 2008 in enabling toll-free calling for consumers, businesses, governmental agencies and other entities through the iNum (+883) system of call-handling among international carriers, operators and service providers.
"We are very pleased that a prestigious United Nations agency has selected Voxbone to implement the 888 country code and help expand the safety net of humanitarian aid to areas of the world hit hard by natural disaster," said Ullens. "In such trying times, it's imperative that the UN agencies that are able to help the most can communicate with one another quickly and get all the necessary assistance moving to affected areas rapidly."
Chief of the Technical Coordination and Partnerships Unit (TCPU), UN OCHA, Chérif Ghaly, continues: "We highly appreciate Voxbone's kind offer of assistance and support in the implementation of the UN country code to facilitate emergency telecommunications during humanitarian relief operations and the timely delivery of lifesaving activities."
Headquartered in Brussels, Voxbone is the market leader in worldwide geographical, toll-free and iNum® telephone numbers. Voxbone enables Internet communications services providers, wholesale carriers and mobile and fixed national operators to extend their network reach internationally, rapidly and with limited costs. Voxbone delivers high-quality inbound communications from more than 50 countries and more than 4,000 cities, using its private global carrier-grade VoIP network, which originated 2.1 billion minutes of traffic in 2010. The company excels in quality through its redundant core network and IP backbone, the increasing number of countries in which it has its own number ranges and network infrastructure, and its fully automated back office. Voxbone was founded in 2005 and is privately held. For more information, visit www.voxbone.com.