XConnect, a Somos Company, the provider of world-class numbering intelligence solutions, has announced its CEO and Founder, Eli Katz has joined the i3forum Board. As a member of the board, Eli will help develop i3forum’s plans in multiple areas, including new initiatives to enable the global voice and messaging players to deliver trusted traffic, enabling enhanced revenue streams and reducing fraud.

Eli’s election follows XConnect’s recent membership to the group. As a board member, he will help influence industry evolution and drive the vision for the voice and messaging industry by sharing experiences and insights. He will draw on over 25 years’ industry experience to enable the global voice and messaging communications ecosystems to effectively validate and authenticate their traffic.

In addition to establishing XConnect, Eli is the co-founder and Chairman of Comms Council UK (CCUK) – the UK’s industry association for Advanced Communication Providers, established in 2004. He therefore appreciates the importance of using the collective power of the telecom industry to develop a successful and growing ecosystem collaboratively. As the author of a number of telecom related identity and fraud patents across the world, he can also bring a global technology perspective to his new role.

“It is a critical time for both the voice and messaging ecosystems with the essential role of validated identity to reduce spam and spoofing and enhance trust. Overcoming the biggest and most urgent challenges requires the industry to come together to enable carriers to operate with greater efficiency and agility,” said Eli Katz, Founder and CEO of XConnect,  

“By joining the i3forum’s Board and working with some of the smartest people in the industry, I feel I can help contribute towards key global initiatives including trusted callerID, verification and the fight against fraud – both in international voice and application-to-person (A2P) messaging. I am passionate about promoting self-regulation encouraging the development of a flourishing and innovative approach to shape the future of the telecoms industry as we focus on building trust in communications.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Eli to our i3forum Board. To combat the next set of challenges and opportunities in global telecoms, one key objective is exploring and developing solutions, standards and strategies to build trust in phone number identity and this is an area where Eli can provide additional insight,” said Philippe Millet, Founder and Chairman, at i3forum. “With his extensive experience in global telecoms, identity and validation as well as collaborative industry engagement, Eli’s expertise will be invaluable in influencing industry evolution and drive the vision for the voice and messaging industry.”

i3forum, established in 2007, is an organisation of the international telecommunications ecosystem bringing together key stakeholders such as carriers, aggregators, operators, platform providers, vendors, and regulators to help define best practices and solutions and promote and foster the adoption of industry transformation. It encourages innovation and competition. Eli joins existing board members from Tata Communications, Orange, Telefonica, BTS, Sparkle, and PCCW Global.

About XConnect

XConnect, a wholly owned subsidiary of Somos Inc, consolidates, maintains and delivers trusted and neutral telephone number intelligence to world leading carriers, operators and messaging (A2P) providers.

It processes information from hundreds of different global datasets covering billions of numbers and ensures that customers solve routing, validation and fraud challenges in real time. XConnect’s ultra-low latency service is currently handling over 40 billion queries a year.

XConnect’s Number Information Services, including global number portability, prefix and live subscriber status databases, are used for voice and messaging routing, fraud protection and to identify and validate insights. They also support the deployment and evolution of next-generation communications, such as VoLTE and RCS.

Its service is accessed through its global distributed hybrid cloud platform using simple, secure, scalable real-time protocols and APIs.

To learn more about XConnect, visit: www.xconnect.net


About i3forum

The i3forum is a non-profit industry body focused on enabling and accelerating transformation across the international communications ecosystem through an open and inclusive model. Through collaboration, the i3forum brings together key stakeholders (carriers, aggregators, operators, platform providers, vendors, regulators…) to help grow trust in international communications, understand consumer behavior, leverage technology, and adapt to regulatory requirements. The i3forum members develop together practical recommendations, solutions, and policies available to both members and non-members alike.