DIDX participated in International Telecoms Week 2018 in Chicago, IL. So impressed with Net4Things and Telefonica offering telcos a great new way to increase customer retention and bring in new revnue while getting on board the new trend of connected cars in an IoT and M2M world.
Why would leading Indian telecom providers seriously consider launching blockchain technology-based platforms this year? Competition is fierce in the telco world where termination is a loss and communications providers like WhatsApp and WeChat chip away at traditional streams of revenue. Current traditional telecom service providers need new sources of revenue and want to decrease work costs and customer churn. New services such as blockchain technology-based platforms, enhancements via chatbots and AI, and local and international DID number service are real ways to do exactly all the above.
IBM has even conducted several proofs of concepts or PoCs to show how blockchain-based platforms can work beautifully with the top tier India telcos. “We would be surprised if it’s not [in commercial deployment] in 2018,” Jitan Chandanani, Blockchain leader at IBM, told Economic Times.
“The success of bitcoins and cryptocurrencies accelerated the curiosity around the Blockchain technology. As a result, a lot of people are trying to replicate that success story. The conversation that we are having as a company across telcos, governments, and industry, cryptocurrency barely even comes up,” Chandanani said.
Blockchain technology can help create a media platform that will directly connect content creators and cut off intermediaries which reduces expenses. We make a guess that those intermediaries are… for example… Google and Facebook. It can also make changes in supply chain management by eliminating the need for intermediaries again. This concept can be applied across any sector of telecom business. Transparency and speeding up of porting are two other benefits of using blockchain tech.
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A Pensacola, Florida headquartered VP of DIDX Suzanne Bowen, Karachi-based DIDX senior customer service exec Ali Muhammad and Australian James Hughes of Dove Gospel Global met up online via webRTC to discuss in short form how the nonprofit organization and DIDX work together to meet the needs of DGG and its community that is now as global as its name.
Dove Gospel Global global network director and pastor James Hughes says, “My heart is for a church without politics, and where Jesus moves in power and authority through his Holy Spirit.”
One major goal of Dove Gospel Global is to connect with religious leaders anywhere and of any religion. They searched for ways to make these leaders have an easy, efficient way to contact Dove Gospel Global, and for DGG to stay in touch. There are many communications issues such as poor cellular, landline and/or Internet networks in different areas of the world whether 3rd world, rural, emerging and also cost and security.
Because of the organization’s tireless search and testing of several solutions, they found happiness with a FreeSWITCH-based platform and DIDX for incoming calls. Now, the group has headquarters in Kampala, Uganda; Bhattiprolu, India; Lahore, Pakistan; Kent, United Kingdom; and with the main headquarters in Sydney, Australia. Anyone can call Dove Gospel Global via a local phone number of over 50 countries, and we have learned that those phone lines stay very busy. Call logs tell it all. Those 50 countries include USA, UK, Uganda, Turkey, Thailand, Sweden, Spain, South Korea, South Africa, Slovac Republic, Singapore, Russia, Rumania, Portugal, Poland, Pakistan, Nigeria, New Zealand, Netherlands, Mexico, Malaysia, Liberia, Latvia, Kenya, Japan, Italy, Israel, Ireland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Germany, France, Finland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Brazil, Belgium, Austria and Australia.
The number and scope of communications, new community members and collaborators and growth of their nonprofit movement in every way has grown and experienced more success, but that’s not to say, they have not had some tough times such as communications solution trials that never really worked, DIDs purchased from other virtual phone number service providers where price fluctuated, mostly upward, and service stopped for weeks at a time. The group’s growth was not matched by a flexible, scalable communications set-up. But once they developed in-house with paid guidance from a FreeSWITCH developer their own platform and integrated DIDX.net DID number service, they are now able to grow without the “growing pains.”
Watch Ali and James talk about Dove Gospel Global’s technological path to success.
The road map of OpenSIPS 2.4 is an ambitious one, addressing one of the most complex but vital capabilities of a SIP server. The ability to exceed the status of a single instance application in order to scale in a shape of a multi-node instance cluster. The road map of OpenSIPS 2.4 is an ambitious one, addressing one of the most complex but vital capabilities of a SIP server. The ability to exceed the status of a single instance application in order to scale in a shape of a multi-node instance cluster.
What are the benefits?
A. Data distribution, capacity scaling
B. Geographical distribution
C. High availability as data and service
Being able to add clustering support services like registration, calling and presence requires complex and extensive work. Still, the team at OpenSIPS are almost at the end, just a day before the beta release.
Let’s get the status from the OpenSIPS developer team. Watch the video to learn more.
Bogdan Iancu, Liviu Chircu, Razvan Crainea and Vlad Patrascu describe their contributions and collaboration in the the exciting OpenSIPS 2.4 beta release that takes place March 28, 2018 and then the full release on April 30, 2018, one day before the OpenSIPS Summit 2018.
A big part of Liviu’s work was in the OpenSIPS and FreeSWITCH integration and total restructuring and revamp of the user location module. They are planning to build certain clustering modes into it to help you fit better with whatever platform you have.
Razvan is planning to bring some CGRates and RTP engine to OpenSIPS 2.4. (More information from his contribution soon!)
Vlad Patrascu says he’s been with the project for more than two years. His work is focused on improving the clustering under layer and to support important features like dynamic topologies and full data syncing. He’s implemented one model for distributed user location and highly available support for dialer tracking.
Discover the 2.4 capabilities from OpenSIPS Summit formal presentations on stage, in informal discussions in the lobby and via relaxing night-time activities. You’ll learn from interactive demos on building clusters and more. Be fully immersed in the one day workshop focused on clustering training. Be sure to follow OpenSIPS on Twitter, LinkedIN, Facebook and their blog.
DIDX CTO Kamal Panhwar explains, “Phone numbers are available in different directories and sometimes such information is revealed. There are many companies that spam their messages on Whatsapp numbers. If I have a Google Voice number (always a +1 US number), I can set it up as my WhatsApp number and send someone messages that way. This is true no matter where I am in the world. Now the person who receives my messages, that person has the option to report any of those messages to Whatsapp… as spam. Once the receiver reports this, it is up to Whatsapp to deactivate my number.
“It is easy also if I buy a DID number from, for example:
“At the same, there are some libraries in PHP that can still connect*. Hope I am clear. I welcome comments and requests for more information. I actually ran several tests in the past week to make sure the information I am sharing is correct.”
*This means there are some open source PHP libraries which can connect, but the programmer is not updating them to the latest version. For some professional people, these libraries can connect and send a message to WhatsApp, and others can’t.
If your business would like to have a more global presence via DID numbers, A.K.A., virtual phone numbers, ask your phone service provider to join DIDX.net. Then they make available numbers of 130 + nations for you. If you cannot convince them, go for Tossable Digits, Virtual Phone Line, Call Hippo or other like company that will!
In addition, DIDX never has and never will condone not following government regulations nor not following communications platforms’ guidelines. Privacy and freedom from spam, we absolutely understand how important they are.