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XConnect Joins i3forum to Add Support to the Global Telecoms Ecosystem’s Drive to Build Trust in Communications

XConnect will share its insights and collaborate with carriers to reduce risk and address regulatory concerns around voice and messaging fraud 

XConnect, a Somos Company, the provider of world-class numbering intelligence solutions, has joined i3forum, a not-for-profit industry body enabling and accelerating transformation across the carrier ecosystem, to reduce voice and messaging fraud for the global telecoms industry. It will collaborate with more than 20 international carriers and share its experience and expertise to enable voice and messaging players to deliver on global initiatives and solutions for the benefit of the entire telecoms industry. 

By joining i3forum, XConnect will contribute to one of its key objectives. It will be able to work with the leaders in the telecoms industry to explore and help develop solutions, standards and strategies to build trust in phone number identity e.g., Caller Line Identity (CLI) or Sender ID (used in messaging). It will help influence industry evolution and drive the vision for the voice and messaging industry by sharing experiences and insights into how the global voice and messaging communications ecosystems can effectively validate and authenticate their traffic. The business benefits are a combination of reduced fraud and spam as well as the opportunity to build new revenue streams from identity services.  

“Collaboration, on a global basis, is more important than ever as fraud, robocalls, spoofing and spam calls and messages continue to impact an increasing number of consumers and businesses across the world. This reduces trust in digital communications. National initiatives and regulator activities are important; however, a global view and solutions are essential for the industry. The i3forum is the premier global entity that can help make this a reality.” said Eli Katz, Founder and CEO of XConnect. “As a member of the i3forum, and together with the substantial experiences of our USA parent company, Somos, we will continue to work towards a global vision of restoring trust by not only reducing fraud, but to offer the enhanced identity solutions that will significantly benefit e-commerce and digital engagement.” 

i3forum, established in 2007, is an organisation of the international telecommunications ecosystem bringing together key stakeholders such as carriers, aggregators, operators, platform providers, vendors, and regulators to help define best practices and solutions and promote and foster adoption of industry transformation. It encourages innovation and competition. 

The addition of XConnect to our membership provides key insights on a global basis to fight against voice and A2P fraud and CLI spoofing. With every new member, we’re driving greater collaboration across the industry and solving some of the biggest challenges facing the carrier community,” said Philippe Millet, Founder and Chairman, at i3forum.We look forward to XConnect’s contributions as we move closer towards our goal of enabling carrier success in an ever-complex global market and pro-actively addressing the concerns of the industry and regulators. 

XConnect is continuously helping carriers solve the toughest telecoms challenges through building strategic industry partnerships and is the leading provider of trusted real time numbering data to the voice, messaging and identity ecosystems. It joins existing i3forum members including BT, BICS, Tata Communications, Vodafone, Orange, Colt, Telefonica, BTS, Sparkle, Twilio, iBasis, Hot Telecom, Telstra, and PCCW Global, and RAG. 

About i3forum 

The i3forum is a non-profit industry body focused on enabling and accelerating transformation across the international communications ecosystem through an open and inclusive model. Through collaboration, the i3forum brings together key stakeholders (carriers, aggregators, operators, platform providers, vendors, regulators…) to help grow trust in international communications, understand consumer behavior, leverage technology, and adapt to regulatory requirements. The i3forum members develop together practical recommendations, solutions, and policies available to both members and non-members alike. 


About XConnect 

XConnect, a wholly owned subsidiary of Somos Inc, consolidates, maintains and delivers trusted telephone number intelligence to world leading telecommunication service providers. 

It processes information from hundreds of different global datasets and ensures that customers solve routing, validation and fraud challenges in real time. 

XConnect’s Number Information Services are used for voice and messaging routing, fraud protection and to identify and validate insights. They also support the deployment and evolution of next-generation communications, such as VoLTE and RCS. 

Its service is accessed through its global distributed hybrid cloud platform using simple, secure, scalable real-time protocols and APIs. 

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Lisa Baker is Group Editor for the Need to See IT Publishing Group. Lisa writes about HR, Technology, Health, the Environment and Business.
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