Somos, Inc. Announces Agreement with NetNumber to Streamline Text Enablement of Toll-Free Numbers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., October 9, 2018 — In line with recent action by the FCC requiring subscriber authorization to text enable Toll-Free Numbers, Somos, Inc., the provider of trusted, neutral Toll-Free numbering and registry administration services for the telecommunications industry, has announced an agreement with NetNumber to provide an integrated provisioning service that will utilize registry services from Somos to validate subscriber assignment and authorization prior to text enablement of Toll-Free Numbers.
This partnership promotes consistency, reliability and compliance for providers of texting and other multimedia services for Toll-Free Numbers. The integrated service will simplify text enablement for end subscribers while providing protection from fraudulent actors.
Somos operates the Texting & Smart Services (TSS) Registry which is the centralized registry to administer the use of Toll-Free Numbers for text messaging and multimedia services. The TSS Registry operates as the authoritative registry for text enabled Toll-Free Numbers by authenticating the text enablement of Toll-Free Numbers on behalf of the subscribers through Responsible Organizations and providing routing information for texting and other multimedia services associated with Toll-Free Numbers.
NetNumber operates the Override Services Registry (OSR) that enables certain override services, including text messaging and other multimedia services, through a single point of contact for text enablement of all telephone numbers. NetNumber will be the provider of data distribution services for all text enabled Toll-Free Numbers registered in the TSS Registry through its OSR Data Distribution Services. NetNumber will provide Toll-Free Number text enablement services to customers of the TSS Registry via a common OSR interface.
“Toll-Free Numbers have become a valuable vehicle for businesses to effectively reach customers through texting as well as through voice communications” stated Dave Stewart, Vice President of Business Development for Somos. “We are pleased to join NetNumber in helping messaging providers comply with the recent FCC declaratory ruling while adding security for end subscribers.”
“NetNumber is pleased to be working with Somos to deliver an integrated provisioning service that will utilize registry services from Somos to validate subscriber authorization prior to text enablement of a Toll-Free Number,” explained Steve Legge, General Manager of NetNumber Global Data Services. “Somos will provide the authoritative registry for text enabled Toll-Free Numbers. NetNumber and the OSR will provide an integrated point of contact for text enablement of Toll-Free Numbers,as well as a single point of distribution for text enabled Toll-Free Numbers.”
About Somos, Inc.
Somos, a leading provider of trusted, neutral numbering and registry administration services for the telecommunications industry, enables data integrity and access to fuel innovation and growth in Toll-Free and related markets. Somos operates the SMS/800 Toll-Free Number (TFN) Registry to administer and route data for the 41 Million and growing Toll-Free Numbers in use today. This service includes the Texting & Smart Services (TSS) Registry, the centralized registry to administer the use of Toll-Free Numbers for text messaging and multimedia services. To learn more about Somos, please visit www.somos.com.
NetNumber, Inc. brings nearly two decades of experience delivering innovative signaling control solutions that enable carriers to accelerate implementation of new services across multiple generations of networks, while dramatically simplifying the core network and reducing operating costs. Today, we are the leading provider of Centralized Signaling and Routing Control (CSRC) solutions on which additional services such as number portability data and global code range data easily can be added. Visit www.netnumber.com for more information. Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook.