[VoiceOps] Upcoming Fees for Text Enabled Telephone Numbers (Bandwidth.com)

Mick Burns bmx1955 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 24 18:06:29 EST 2015

This is an interesting post and surprisingly, there is no replies to
that so far.

Here's a description of NetNumber's GDS service which could be what
Bandwidth refers to:

"The NetNumber GDS registry service provides North American MVNO-OTT
registry data for accurate routing of text messages in the North
American messaging ecosystem. The registry supports 160 million
subscriber entries, provides 30 million updates per month, and
identifies more than 500 messaging service providers. The NetNumber
GDS carrier-ID lookup service is used by more than 150 service
providers to support the accurate routing of both voice calls and text
messages globally. A query to this service returns a
portability-corrected carrier ID called an NNID, or NetNumber ID, that
uniquely identifies the service provider for a particular dialed
number. The service also supports global portability correction,
global code-range data, and North American MVNO-OTT override data for
text messaging."

Is there an alternative to NetNumber and Somos ?
Anyone can shed some light on how global SMS routing actually works
and where resides the SMS/MMS routing information data in this so
called "North American messaging ecosystem" ?

On Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 3:15 PM, Peter Beckman <beckman at angryox.com> wrote:
> So I got this today from Bandwidth.com. A quick Google search yields no
> announcements or news that I can see. A call to Bandwidth got me zero
> information about how much this new "fee" will be on each number.
> Anybody have any more in-depth information about this?
>     Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2015 14:43:24
>     Subject: Upcoming Fees for Text Enabled Telephone Numbers
>     Valued Bandwidth SMS / Messaging Customers,
>     We want to take this opportunity to inform you of some changes taking
>     place in the SMS messaging industry. These changes will impact the fees
>     associated with your account.
>     The messaging industry is implementing a new monthly subscription fee
>     for each text-enabled number. These fees will be issued by central
>     registries (NetNumber and Somos (formerly SMS/800)) to which carriers
>     and messaging providers (including Bandwidth) send records for message
>     routing purposes.
>     We anticipate that these central registries will begin invoicing
>     Bandwidth for these monthly fees as soon as January 2016. Bandwidth is
>     developing tools (GUI and API) to empower our customers to manage these
>     costs by enabling or disabling messaging based upon individual
>     telephone numbers. When Bandwidth deploys these tools, we will also
>     begin to apply the appropriate monthly fee associated with messaging
>     services.
>     In preparation for these changes, please contact Bandwidth at
>     xxx-xxx-xxxx by 11/20/2015, so we can provide you additional
>     information and applicable paperwork, if any, for this new service.
>     Thank you for your business,Bandwidth
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> Peter Beckman                                                  Internet Guy
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