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.
WTA (World Teleport Association) announced in early March the finalists for its 2018 Teleport Awards for Excellence. From this group of finalists, WTA will name the winners at the 23rd annual Teleport Awards for Excellence Ceremony and Luncheon on March 13th during the SATELLITE conference in Washington, DC.
WTA selects its finalists from nominations submitted to the association by both members and non-members. So keep this in mind for 2018: even non-members can nominate companies that deserve to be recognized for their excellence in teleport, satellite and content distribution technolog The winning recipients are selected by a vote of the WTA Membership.
2018 Finalists for Independent Teleport of the Year
Santander Teleport (Spain) *
Telespazio (Italy) *
U.S. Electrodynamics – USEI (USA) *
2018 Finalists for Teleport Technology of the Year
Alusat, Always Up by Integrasys
DVB-S2X Wideband VSAT Modem Portfolio by Newtec
Satellite Network Virtualization with DataMiner Service and Resource Management (SRM) by Skyline Communications
In addition to honoring the winner from these two awards categories, WTA will present the 2018 Teleport Executive of the Year Award at the luncheon, hosted by Etisalat, a multinational Emirati based telecommunications services provider, currently operating in 16 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The over 150 attendees will include teleport, satellite and content distribution technology industry executives, as well as previous awards recipients from around the world. WTA’s Director of Development Louis Zacharilla will emcee the event, which is free for WTA members. Attendance is also available on a paid basis to non-members. Register at http://www.worldteleport.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1031957.
*DIDX does offer DID number coverage of Spain, Italy, USA and 137 other countries. Join now at www.didx.net and begin a lucrative, new revenue stream that will enable you to gain and retain customers from any area of the world.