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Often times I look for innovation and I fail to draw attention to my clients who do just that, preferring to have others "discover" the news first. Take client Voxbone which pulled of a coup of sorts with the United Nations, landing the UN's business where it assigns and manages their new 888 country code.This has human relief efforts and all the good things the UN does the world over written all over it. It's a big deal because when people in times of trouble need help globally, it's the International Red Cross and the United Nations who are the first responders.

As Alec Saunders remarks in his post of yesterday:



+888 is a real country code assigned by the ITU to the UN.  In cases of humanitarian need, where telephone systems may be inoperable because of natural disaster, the first teams on the ground would deploy a local GSM antenna, connected via satellite to the rest of the world.  Then Voxbone would simply forward calls to the +888 country code via satellite to the local GSM station on the ground.  The impact is that UN inter-agency, intra-agency, and external users will be able to dial a +888 number assigned to a relief agency from anywhere in the world, and be immediately connected to that relief agency in the field, in whatever country being served. Not only that, the numbers need never change.  Relief staff will be reachable on the same numbers in whatever location they are currently assigned.



This is the great win for Voxbone, which beyond being the largest DID suppliers in the world, also offers iNum, the global IP area for the entire world as they continue to innovate by just doing the right thing.



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