Short-digit numbers for premium messaging
The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) has called for comments on a draft variation to the Telecommunication Numbering Plan 1997 to introduce new 19 numbers. The new six and eight digit numbers would be specified as premium rate services and it is expected they will be used primarily for premium rate SMS and MMS. According to the ACA, the 19 range has been chosen because most consumers already understand the higher charging rates associated with the prefix. The new 19 numbers will be managed for the ACA by the industry body called Industry Number Management Services.
Nexon appointed as Alcatel partner
Nexon Asia-Pacific has been appointed an Alcatel business partner. The broadband and security services provider will take Alcatel’s voice and data solutions to the SME and corporate markets. Nexon expects to grow its business by 20 per cent over the next 12 months as a result of the partnership. “Our new relationship with Alcatel gives us organic growth, allowing us to offer a total package to new and existing customers,” managing director, Charles Assaf, said. “There is momentum in transporting voice over IP in the market and Alcatel will help us to capitalise on that.” Nexon chose to partner with telecommunications network equipment manufacturer Alcatel after researching the market for a voice solution for its own needs. “We found Alcatel to be way ahead of its competitors because it has strong PBX functionality coupled with a strong, common sense approach to VoIP,” Assaf said.