THE FUTURE

One number that simply and securely connects all your online identities

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In the digital world, identity is everything.

The current identity infrastructure creates fundamental barriers to digital progress. 878TEN provides a new identity paradigm that unchains the digital future for the entire world.

The 878TEN World

1. 878TEN and IoT
2. Online World
3. 878TEN Finance
4. 878TEN Global Phone
5. 878TEN Simple Secure
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FAQ

What makes 878TEN Unique?

878TEN is the only Universal Personal Telecommunications (UPT) number range in the world and one of only two global number ranges that has been given an ENUM delegation by the ITU (the other range has just 100,000 numbers).

As a result, 878TEN is the only E.164 number range where an individual or organisation can actually own the telephone number (as opposed to it being owned by a government or a regulator).

There are some country codes that have been granted an ENUM delegation, however, these provide “second service” ENUM, rather than the “first service” ENUM of 878TEN. In a second service ENUM, the ENUM benefits can only be accessed via the Internet, with the number behaving as a normal telephone number if it is accessed from a telephone network. 878TEN is a “first service” ENUM delegation, so it always functions as an ENUM enabled identifier, even when called from a telephone network.

What is UPT?

UPT stands for Universal Personal Telecommunication.

The UPT standards have been developed to allow a UPT number to be associated with any device on any network, anywhere in the world. An individual should be able to enter an access code to make or receive calls on any device.

This is particularly useful for the bottom of the pyramid consumer for whom the cost of a device can present a major barrier to service. UPT allows ad hoc sharing of physical devices.

UPT is intended to be independent of geography or network provider.

878TEN is the world’s only UPT range and 878TEN numbers are the only E.164 numbers that can be owned by individuals (rather than governments).

How does ENUM work?

ENUM lets 878TEN numbers access Internet resources by mapping them into Universal Resource Identifiers (URIs).

ENUM uses NAPTR (Name Authority Pointer) records to effect mappings from E.164 telephone numbers to Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs).

The Internet Assigned Number Authority (IANA) maintains a list of standardised URIs which currently comprises approximately 250 definitions.

Examples of how existing URI mappings allow 878TEN numbers to be used as universal personal identifiers include:

  • E.164 to http and E.164 to https: for web pages;
  • E.164 to mailto for email addresses; and
  • E.164 to SIP for SIP VoIP accounts.

The ENUM protocol requires that an 878TEN number is transformed into a domain name by reversing the number, separating each digit with a dot and appending .e164.arpa.

For example, the number (+)87810 1234567890 would transform into the domain name 0.9.8.7.6.5.4.3.2.1.0.1.8.7.8.e164.arpa. This is performed by a small piece of code, called the ENUM Client, which can easily be integrated into any system that intends to use the 878TEN identifier.

This domain name is then used to look up the NAPTR records associated with the number in an ENUM Domain Name Server (E-DNS). The E-DNS passes the NAPTR records to the ENUM Client which shares them with the application that initiated the request. The application can then use the mapping information in the NAPTR records as required to complete the request.

Dual-horizon E-DNS architectures, encryption, blockchain, registration, service provider authorization and so on can be used to mitigate against the personal information associated with the 878TEN identifier being misused, abused or hacked.

Can I use an 878TEN number even if my telco does not recognise 878TEN?

Arrangements are not yet in place with telecom operators to route 878TEN numbers on their networks, but, it is already possible to use 878TEN numbers to make and receive calls over the Internet (VoIP).

PBX equipment is generally ENUM enabled, so enterprise telephone systems can be configured to recognise and route the 878TEN numbers via the Internet.

Also, smartphone clients can be ENUM enabled so that calls to 878TEN numbers are made over the Internet. 878TEN is currently testing smartphone applications and will provide links shortly.

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