Flexiroam Limited today announced its wholly-owned subsidiary Flexiroam Sdn. Bhd. (“FLEXIROAM” or the “Company”) has signed an agreement with international Cloud telecommunications provider, Voxbone, enabling the Company’s Roam8 mobile application to rapidly expand its international reach whilst avoiding the costs and complexity associated with working with multiple local carriers.
FLEXIROAM’s Roam8 service allows users to own multiple international numbers, in one application, eliminating the need for international roaming and IDD calls. It enables users to call any phone on any global network without worrying about the charges. Overseas contacts can reach the user at the local number stored within the application, only paying the local rate.
The agreement with Voxbone represents significant value to customers and the Company, with FLEXIROAM able to increase the international reach of Roam8 to over 55 countries and provide its customers with virtual local phone numbers.
“This is a landmark agreement for FLEXIROAM,” said Jef Ong, Flexiroam Chief Executive Officer. “The aim of Roam8 is to eliminate roaming charges and bill shock for travellers when they are abroad. By working with Voxbone, we can provide our customers with voice and SMS services to over 55 countries at the local rate. Not only does this reduce the cost for using mobile phones abroad but also enables users to have multiple international numbers to communicate with anyone, at anytime, anywhere in the world, at the local rate.”
In addition to expanding Roam8’s reach, the agreement will also see FLEXIROAM reduce the anticipated capital expenditure required to expand its voice and SMS services internationally. By utilising Voxbone’s self-owned licenses, telephone number ranges and network infrastructure, the Company is able to avoid the more costly and complex process of negotiating access to local networks or building its own network infrastructure.
“The costs of building an international network and purchasing hardware can be prohibitive for mobile operators. Deals need to be struck with local providers and, in some instances, operators will need to build their own local networks,” Mr Ong said. “Voxbone enables us to significantly reduce these costs and time-to-market, as it already has a ready-to-use network in over 8,000 cities. This means we can scale out to key countries, such as China and Hong Kong, at a much faster pace and at a lower cost.”
In the terms of the agreement, FLEXIROAM is to pay Voxbone set-up fees, a monthly service fee and usage based charges. In return, FLEXIROAM will receive the use of Voxbone’s virtual local phone numbers, as well as its carrier-grade quality network, global coverage and instant provisioning.