Fastweb attaccata l’Italia alla rete INUM

Grazie al nostro ambasciatore INUM Angelo che ci ha portato a conoscenza che Fastweb, gestore di telefonia fissa/mobile ed internet a banda larga, supporta anche le chiamate INUM.

Chi è Fastweb. Si tratta di una società di telecomunicazioni italiana, una delle più importanti aziende italiane ed europee in che fornisce connessioni FTTH (Fiber To The Home), adsl e voce .

Oggi, Fastweb è interamente di proprietà della Swisscom , azienda di telecomunicazioni svizzera.

Noi supponiamo che, se Fastweb è interconnessa a Swisscom per la parte di telefonia, allora anche un utente Swisscom potrebbe essere anche in grado di chiamare direttamente i numeri iNum.

Potete verificarlo effettuando una chiamata di prova, basta comporre dal telefono fisso: 883 510 000 000 091. Si dovrebbe sentire l’echo test che certifica la connessione voce di alta qualità da parte di iNum.

Tutti gli abbonati Fastweb hanno le loro chiamate PSTN instradate sul VoIP, ricevendo tutte quelle funzionalità avanzate che ci si aspetterebbe da un provider VOIP moderno ed evoluto.

Fastweb è anche un provider di rete mobile attraverso la tecnologia MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) dal 2008. Tuttavia, il loro servizio mobile non è direttamente connesso con i numeri +883, in quanto la loro rete fisica è gestita da H3G.

Cercheremo di metterci in contatto con H3G e Fastweb per far si che supportino pienamente l’iNum anche per la parte mobile. Non appena avremo sviluppi in tal senso sarete aggiornati tramite il nostro profilo Facebook di INum o tramite il blog alla pagina http://www.inum.net/?page_id=72.

Speciale ringraziamento ad Angelo per aver portato alla nostra attenzione questa società.

Ringraziamo Fastweb e Swisscom, sempre all’avanguardia nelle telecomunicazioni, che credono nello sviluppo della telefonia Voip.

Se siete a conoscenza di altri provider di telefonia che gestiscono le chiamate verso la rete iNum e non sono elencate sul sito di inum.net, fatecelo sapere all’indirizzo inum@voxbone.com.

Inum Supports UN Disaster Relief Efforts and your VoIP Provider

In the recent wake of devastating natural disasters from Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha, many people are wondering how we can improve our humanitarian responses to such tragedies and natural disasters. Well, telecom enthusiasts can rest easy knowing that Voxbone has recently linked up with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is responsible for first humanitarian response, in an effort to benefit disaster relief operations. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) provided the United Nations with its very own global code number, and Voxbone has started an initiative to encourage carriers to support the UN number in an effort to promote a more efficient OCHA emergency response system.

How Does iNum Benefit OCHA?
Voxbone teamed up with OCHA to encourage carriers to implement global networks and to increase awareness surrounding the UN’s global number. With one global code (+888), the OCHA can now receive information and provide the necessary help where and when it’s needed regardless of the location of the crisis.

With the UN number, UN emergency personnel and responders can quickly and effectively set up their own mobile phone service in the disaster area. This is especially important when the area’s telecommunications network is out of service due to catastrophe. With iNum support, the UN numbers can be used in place of traditional telecom resources, and so is an ideal solution for large-scale temporary network outages. The UN number is supported by iNum’s network, and iNum is responsible for encouraging carriers to support the UN number program.

During a disaster, OCHA will provide the individual humanitarian agencies with a specific number for the area. Because this number will only be temporarily used until the area’s normal telephone service is restored, the numbers can be recycled and reused for future locations.

What Providers use iNum?
Voxbone and iNum are currently encouraging both VoIP and PSTN providers to include iNum in their services for free or at affordable rates. The goal is for every telephone service to eventually provide iNums and to route calls to iNums.

Skype and Google Talk have recently gained attention for including iNum in their services, as Google Talk is free of charge and Skype charges $0.02/minute. Several other VoIP providers have also jumped on board.

Residential VoIP and business VoIP providers like Phone Power, OnSIP, and Phone.com include iNum services for free in their plans. The beauty of VoIP is that because it transfers calls over the Internet, in theory, all of these iNum calls should be free.

When calls need to be transferred to the PSTN (maybe you are using a VoIP number, but you are calling your parents, who still have an analog telephone service) that’s where a nominal fee may occur.

In a day and age where we rely so heavily on communication, especially in the event of a natural disaster, it’s important that we have access to reliable telecommunication services. The iNum initiative in combination with VoIP providers offer us a way to recover from disasters outside of our control.

How you can get in on the goods with iNum
iNum is already available to everyone, even people who are not with a service provider that supports iNum. There are local area codes for each country that allow individuals to make calls with an international number.

But if you want to encourage Voxbone’s excellent work towards humanitarian aid, the best thing to do is to switch to a provider that supports iNum. Not only will you benefit from the international calling features of iNum, you will also be supporting a great cause.

Chloe Mulliner graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she majored in Media Arts and Design and minored in Writing Rhetoric and Technical Communication. She now writes content for My VoIP Provider.

Fastweb Plugs Italy Into The iNum Network (?)

Update / NB February 2015:  < we have reports from our Facebook community that FastWeb is no longer offering this for free and has started charging.  We haven’t verified this, but keep in mind that iNum does not charge anything for carriers to call iNum, so if its not free, you as a customer can let your carrier know how you feel about that. >

Thanks to our iNum ambassador Angelo for bringing this to our attention; FastWeb, a local carrier that supports landlines, mobile, Digital TV and web communications throughout Italy now supports iNum calling and has for a while.

Who is Fastweb? They are an Italian Telecommunications company and one of the most important companies in Italy providing FTTH (Fiber To The Home) connections. Today, Fastweb is fully owned by the Swiss Telecommunication Company Swisscom. Hence, if your landline service provider is through Swisscom, you will also be able to call iNum numbers directly. To place a test call to verify this, simply dial from your landline phone: +883 510 000 000 091 and you should hear an echo test to validate the connection and iNum’s HD voice quality.

All of Fastweb’s telephone subscribers have their PSTN calls routed to VoIP; providing their subscribers with rich features you can expect from today’s VoIP service providers.

Fastweb is also a Mobile Virtual Network Operator since 2008 and sells mobile phones and services to Italian consumers. However, their mobile services cannot connect directly to +883 numbers from the Fastweb network because their physical mobile network is on a network managed and partnered by H3G. We are currently in talks with H3G in hopes they too will support iNum calling. When this happens, we will keep you up to date through our iNum Facebook page or through the blog at http://www.inum.net/?page_id=72

Special thanks to iNum Ambassador Angelo for bringing this company to our attention. If you are aware of other telecom providers that are currently routing calls to iNum’s network and not yet listed on inum.net, please let us know at inum@voxbone.com.

iNum and WebRTC Ready For The Future Of Communications

For those of you who would like to place a voice or video call over the web but without the need to download a softphone or client, there is great news coming sooner than you might think! Browser-based technology called WebRTC has been getting a lot of press lately in the VoIP world so I decided to blog about it here and explain how this relates to the iNum Initiative.

WebRTC has been planned for a long time, and we are now finally reaching a step where cutting edge web browsers – such as Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera – implement their support and bring WebRTC to the web. The RTC in WebRTC stands for Real-Time Communications. This communication is done directly on the web without any need for plugins or third-party software. The idea is to be able to share and stream video, audio and data in the most powerful fashion, directly in a web browser. Google, Microsift, Mozilla and others have been working on this idea and it is likely to become a part of the W3C http://dev.w3.org/2011/webrtc/editor/webrtc.html.

Firefox will be coming out with their new version with the WebRTC supported browser starting in January. Chrome version 21 will now let you begin testing this. This link shows you how to start testing with this beta testing experiment. Note as with any new technology, proceed at your own risk as browser data can get lost, deleted or security compromised.
http://www.webrtc.org/running-the-demos

Why does iNum have interest in WebRTC technology? We believe making calls through the browser (and making it easier for iNum users to call anywhere in the world for free) will change homw other VoIP providers do business including the eventual end to having to download a client or softphone. WebRTC will likely eliminate the need to download Skype. Skype will surely make adjustments to this as well. According to Microsoft news online, Skype is embracing this technology but little is know about what changes this means for Skype currently.

Imagine click to call technology, but now WebRTC will make this click to dial any number including iNum numbers from anywhere.

As we experiment with WebRTC in the coming months when the new versions of Firefox, IE, Opera and Chrome browsers come out, we will post a how to dial iNum from a WebRTC enabled browser.

IPPI Orders More iNum Numbers Fueling Growth

We are proud to support the rapid growth of SIP Service provider ippi (www.ippi.com) with their iNum numbers. ippi recently put in another order of 100,000 iNum numbers which we completed. We decided to follow up with them and noticed they are on track to reach their milestone of 1 million users sooner than expected. We asked what their users are primarily using the iNums for. Some are using their iNum numbers to receive calls on their SIP agent at local rates which is the main goal. Others use their iNum to forward the call to another number to make their iNum number the one and only permanent number they will ever need to have out as their contact. Also, some users are using their iNum number to receive international SMS.

ippi allows free calls to other iNum users, but also allows to receive calls on the iNum number provided by ippi. They also have an app that is free to download and makes calling to an iNum number easy.

Adding in the iNum service for ippi subscribers adds to a list of now 23 different free features they provide as an added service benefit for being an ippi valued customer. Some of those features include free calls between members, Free Calls to Skype Users, Free DID for French Residents, Free iNum number and calls to any iNum user as well as many other features. For more information, visit:
http://www.ippi.com/index.php?page=all-services&lang=44

Pick up your free iNum number and enjoy your free phone calls!

If any iNum providers or end users are interested in contacting ippi regarding iNum and their services, they can be reached at:www.ippi.com or via contact page at:
https://www.ippi.fr/index.php?page=cf-start&lang=44

SIP Providers or PSTN Carriers interested in implementing the +883 iNum range on your network, please contact us at inum@voxbone.com for more information.