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i3forum Continues to Drive Membership Growth with the Addition of SDN Provider Colt

Colt brings unique experience in SDN and NFV to the i3forum and will work with international carriers to accelerate transformation and fight voice fraud

London, UK, 30 June 2020 – i3forum, a not-for-profit industry body enabling and accelerating transformation across the carrier ecosystem, welcomes Colt, an innovator in software-defined networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) as its newest member. Colt will collaborate with more than 25 international carriers to fight voice fraud and share its experience and expertise in transformation.

Colt has operations in Asia, Europe, and North America, connecting 900+ data centres with over 29,000 on net buildings. It has already begun participation in the i3forum’s numbering plan initiative and Fight Against Fraud work group to tackle voice and messaging fraud, with the opportunity to join other work groups covering technology and the market data base initiative.

“We have seen the value that the i3forum delivers through its numbering plan initiative and Fight Against Fraud work group, and look forward to participating further to solve key industry challenges. i3forum’s numbering plan initiative brought together carriers to solve a unique challenge in our industry and create a solution that has the potential to be rolled out in markets across the globe,” said Ashish Surti, Chief Security Officer Colt. “Collaboration is more important than ever in this unique and challenging time in global business. We see an opportunity to learn, share and accelerate transformation in the carrier business with a prime focus on overcoming fraud in the process.”

The i3forum Numbering Plan Initiative work group is developing a central and standardised database designed to provide a shared resource for numbering plan data. As part of a proof-of-concept phase, seven global tier 1 carriers shared their numbering plan data for Morocco, which was anonymised and formatted into a single data set, using ITU and NRA input as definitive sources when necessary. The database will support a reduction in fraud cases, higher efficiencies in internal numbering plan management and maintenance, reduction in billing disputes, faster dispute resolution and improvements to routing, pricing, billing and procurement.

“Every new member of the i3forum brings new skills and experience to our work groups. We come together with a common purpose and focus on creating mutually beneficial solutions and recommendations for the carrier industry. The addition of Colt to our membership creates new opportunities to collaborate and gain new insights that support our fight against fraud and carrier transformation,” said Philippe Millet, Chairman at i3forum. “We look forward to Colt’s contribution and welcome its team to the i3forum.”

i3forum has been adding new members every month for more than 8 months and building the momentum in carrier collaboration, which is now more important than ever as businesses learn to adapt to new situations. i3forum members are shaping the future of the industry through collaboration and innovation.

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About i3forum:

i3forum is a not-for-profit industry body that brings together the international Carrier ecosystem to enable and accelerate transformation. Its members promote industrywide collaboration with an open and inclusive model focused on enabling success in a changing market. i3forum decides the challenges and topics to address based on what will accelerate transformation and create real benefits for members and the entire telecommunications ecosystem. The members develop and curate practical recommendations and best practice for adopting and delivering new technologies, solutions and business models with the ultimate goal of having a positive and lasting impact on the telecommunications industry.


About Colt

Colt strives to transform the way the world works through the power of connectivity. The Colt IQ Network connects 900+ data centres across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs, with over 29,000 on net buildings and growing. Colt understands business connectivity requirements and provides high performance and high bandwidth solutions to enable customers’ success, with Colt’s vision centering on being the most customer-oriented business in the industry. Customers include data intensive organisations spanning over 210 cities in more than 30 countries. Colt is a recognised innovator and pioneer in Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV). Privately owned, Colt is one of the most financially sound companies in its industry and able to provide the best customer experience at a competitive price.