Zain Omantel International Joins One Consortium to Combat Telecommunications Fraud

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Zain Omantel International (ZOI), the leading international wholesale provider in the Middle East, has joined One Consortium, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to tackling illegal and unwanted international voice calls and messages. One Consortium unites major telecom companies, including Lumen, Orange Wholesale, Verizon, and Vodafone, alongside global industry organizations such as i3Forum, GSMA, Global Leaders Forum (GLF), and Global Solutions Council (GSC), to address fraud in international telecommunications and its impact on consumers and businesses worldwide.

One Consortium collaborates closely with telecom regulators globally through the new Global Informal Regulatory Antifraud Forum (GIRAF), which recently launched with 20 European regulatory authorities and expects more to join soon.

As a voting member of One Consortium, ZOI will actively participate in its working groups to develop solutions, standards, and strategies aimed at building trust in communications and accelerating digital transformation in the Middle East. These working groups focus on various topics, including fraud identification best practices, regulatory policy, messaging fraud, international traceback, Calling Line Identification (CLI) spoofing, and enhancing trust in telecommunications.

The creation of One Consortium, spearheaded by i3Forum, aims to support regulators and policymakers in enhancing trust across the telecommunications ecosystem. The voice and messaging industry faces significant challenges from rampant fraud, scams, and spoofing attacks.

ZOI’s involvement in One Consortium underscores its commitment to shaping regional industry advancements and contributing to effective global solutions and regulations. Serving over 55 million customers across eight countries, ZOI is the leading wholesale provider in the Middle East, offering an extensive network of low latency and high-capacity services. ZOI’s membership in One Consortium solidifies its position as a comprehensive network provider meeting the increasing demands of international customers.

Sohail Qadir, Chief Executive Officer of ZOI, stated, “Joining One Consortium underscores our commitment to integrity and customer-centricity across the MENA region and beyond. It plays a crucial role in combating fraud across the industry. We look forward to working together to enhance trust across international telecommunication channels and make a real change in the industry.”

Philippe Millet, Founder and Chairman of i3Forum, added, “We are excited to welcome ZOI to One Consortium and to have a Middle East-headquartered service provider join us in the fight against voice and messaging fraud. It is critical to have representation from across the globe to enhance trust in international telecommunications. Collaboration on a global scale allows us to have a significant impact, benefiting the carrier community, businesses, and consumers. We value ZOI’s expertise and support and look forward to working with their team.”

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