Maldives

Maldives Map

Maldives, officially known as the Republic of the Maldives, is located in the Indian Ocean-Arabian Sea area.  For the majority of its history the Maldives has been an independent state, but in the 17th century was at one stage dominated by the Portuguese empire and later on by the Dutch empire.  Boasting some of the world’s greatest diving and a backdrop equally as wondrous, the Maldives is a huge favorite with adventure and also relaxation seeking tourists.  Communications on the island can be somewhat hit and miss but large improvements have been made in the last decade or so.  Voice Broadcasting is a underutilized tool in the Maldives, and could be capitalized on more, especially in the event of adverse weather warning broadcasts being needed for residents and tourists alike.  The Maldives has to main mobile networks, Dhiraguu and Ooredoo.

Country Code: +960

Timezone: Maldives Time Zone (UTC+05:00)

Destinations & Costs:
Fixed for $0.6689 per minute
Mobile Dhiraagu for $0.7242 per minute
Mobile Wataniya for $0.6428 per minute
Mobility services for $0.7401 per minute
Mobility Services Type A for $0.6186 per minute
Special Services TYPE_A for $1.0000 per minute

Jobs:
Shine Shine.com is a medium sized online recruitment specialist, covering employment opportunities across the globe.  As you would expect, finding such employment can be tricky on the Maldives but such vacancies do exist if you are persistent.

News:
http://www.shanghaidaily.com/business/consumer/Chinese-arrivals-boost-Maldives-tourist-numbers/shdaily.shtml

Companies:
Mitel Mitel is one of the global leaders in business communication, it has 60 million customers worldwide.  Its strongest market is Western Europe and is the clear market leader in business communications.

Hello Hunter Offers International Voice Broadcasting services to the Maldives.  It is one of the few companies that supports Voice Broadcasting to the Maldives and is, as yet underutilized in this region as a tool for weather warning Voice Broadcasts.

Saipan

Saipan Map
Saipan is a commonwealth of the United States of America and is the largest island of the Northern Marina Islands.  It has an estimated population just shy of 50,000 inhabitants, spread over an estimated area of 115.4 km, which is organized as a single municipality.  Although small, it has a very rich history.  Saipan has been governed by the Spanish, German, and in more recent times the Japanese in the 1920′s.  IT&E is the leading provider of high-speed DSL in CNMI.  Micronesian Telecommunications Corp. is another provider, offering services under the name Verizon Micronesia, delivering Internet in the area.  VoIP Call Centers and Voice Broadcasting are underutilized in the region, however Voice Broadcasting may have many potential uses in the area including weather warnings.

Country Code:
+1 670

Timezone: 
Chamorro Standard Time UTC + 10:00

Destinations & Costs:
Standard for $0.0299 per minute

Jobs:
Granted granted.com is both a useful tool for both employers and employee’s in search for advertising positions.  Granted is a great place to start looking.

News:
Siapan Tribune is available both online and in print.  It is a useful resource for news and also hosts a classified section.

Companies
IT&E ite.net helps with a full range of services to Saipan, including long distance calling, wireless, Internet and business solutions.

Hello Hunter offers international Voice Broadcasting services to Saipan.  It is one of the few companies that supports Voice Broadcasting to Saipan and this region.

Austria

Map of Austria

Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a federal republic.  It is a landlocked country in Central Europe with a population of approximately 8.5 million people.  It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, and Slovenia and Italy to the south.  Its 83,879 square kilometer territory is highly mountainous, lying within the Alps.  The capital and largest city is Vienna, with a population exceeding 1.7 million people.  Austrian German is the country’s official language, and the majority of the population speak local Bavarian dialects of German as their native language.  Other local official languages are Hungarian, , Slovene, and Burgenland Croatian.

Today, Austria is one of the richest countries in the world.  The country has developed a high standard of living and has a well-developed social market economy.  Tourism accounts for around 9% of the Austrian gross domestic product.  In international tourist arrivals, the country ranked 12th with 20.8 million tourists.

Austria also has a highly developed and efficient telephone network.  Fibre-optic coverage is extensive, and full range of telephone and Internet services are available via the network.  The mobile phone market is extremely competitive, and boasts some of the lowest rates in Europe.  Also, due to the mountains, flat lands, and lakes, many providers use the region as a “testing range” for new services.

Call Centers and Voice Broadcasting operations thrive under these conditions.  However, it is important to keep in mind that mobile number portability allows users to retain their mobile phone numbers when switching between network operators.  Meaning that the original area codes allocated to each operator can no longer be used to determine the network with which a subscriber is registered.

Country Code: +43

Timezone:  Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00)

Destinations & Costs:
Corporate Numbering for $0.0097 per minute
Fixed for $0.0088 per minute
Fixed Vienna for $0.0094 per minute
Mobile H3G for $0.0190 per minute
Mobile Mobilkom for $0.0192 per minute
Mobile Others for $0.0195 per minute
Mobile TMobile for $0.0195 per minute
Special Services for $0.2962 per minute

Jobs:
www.jobsinvienna.com Jobs in Vienna for professionals seeking employment opportunities with English as the main working language.

News:
www.thelocal.at The Local delivers Austria’s news in English.  Read about how Carlos Slim increases his stake in Telekom Austria.

Companies:
Rechtskomitee Lambda Of Austria Rechtskomitee LAMBDA (RKL) is Austria’s lgbt-rights-organisation. It was founded in 1991 and is committed to the realization and safeguarding of human rights.

Hello Hunter one of the region’s most competitive providers of Voice Broadcasting services and business telephone solutions.

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Map

Uzbekistan, officially referred to as the Republic of Uzbekistan, is a landlocked country in Central Asia.  It is bordered by five countries: to the north, Kazakhstan; to the southeast, Tajikistan; to the northeast, Kyrgyzstan; to the south is Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan is to the southwest.  The majority of Uzbekistan’s population are members of the Uzbek ethnic group and speak Uzbek, a language in the family of Turkic languages.  The remaining 5.4% of the population are Russian and 13.5% are classified as “other”.

While the Uzbekistan’s labor force is attractively capable, with an adult literacy rate of 99.4%, “the government is hostile to allowing the development of an independent private sector, over which it would have no control.” according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.  Another barrier to investment is corruption and slight difficulty in exchanging currency.  This can deter new businesses from operating directly from Uzbekistan, but with the low cost of phone calls into the country and notable telephone usage, foreign businesses easy access the population.

One particularly interesting telecommunications field with high potential growth is pre-paid Uzbek calling cards sold in countries with Uzbek populations.  A few examples of countries with Uzbek populations are the United Arab Emirates, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and the United States of America.

According to the official source report, as of March 10th 2008, the number of cellular phone users in Uzbekistan reached 7 million, up from 3.7 million from early July of the previous year.  Each year mobile phone subscribers are increasing significantly.

Country Code: +998

Timezone: Uzbekistan Time Zone (UTC+05:00)

Destinations & Costs:
Fixed for $0.0470 per minute
Fixed Tashkent for $0.0228 per minute
Mobile for $0.0477 per minute

Jobs:
UzJobs – jobs in Uzbekistan, vacancies and resumes, selection of personnel, education, training courses.

News:
New advances in telecommunications detailed by government source here.

Companies:
Hello Hunter is a provider of international phone services with extremely competitive call routes to Uzbekistan.

Tokelau

Tokelau Map

Tokelau is located in the South Pacific Ocean and is part of the New Zealand territories.  It can be found just north of the Samoan Islands and northwest of the Cook Islands.  It’s name was adopted in 1946 and it is derived from the Polynesian word meaning “north wind”.  Roughly speaking, Tokelau lies roughly between New Zealand and Hawaii.  Three languages are spoken on the island of Tokelau: Tokelauan, English, and Samoan.  Due to its tiny population of approximately just under 1,500 inhabitants, as you make expect, call centers and Voice Broadcasting services are non existent.  However, the capability for utilization of web-based telephony does exist.  Starting with Fakaofo in September of 2003, the area began having access to high speed Internet provided by Tokelau Telecommunication Corporation.  In the near future, satellite internet may become widely available. A unique benefit to companies based in the country is that Tokelau gives most domain names under its authority away for free to gain publicity for the territory.

Country Code: +690

Timezone: Tokelau Time Zone (UTC+13:00)

Destinations & Costs:
Standard for $0.9066 per minute

Jobs:
Web Jobs is a worldwide recruitment specialist offering premium jobs to candidates. Not many postings come up for Tokelau, but it is worth checking occasionally.

News:
Health information is a government run website, dealing mostly with subject pertaining to disease prevention and control.

Companies:
One Entry provides call center related services worldwide, it also has a rage of products available for Tokelau.

Hello Hunter is another affordable provider for telephony solutions including voice broadcasting and dialers.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Map

Hong Kong, also known as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, or H.K. for short, is a region located on the southern coast of China.  It is geographically surrounded by the Pearl River Delta and the South China Sea.  Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.  It boasts a high Human Development Index and high international rankings in financial and economic competitiveness.  In fact, Hong Kong is the third most important international financial hub, after London and New York City.

As a very modern and globally influential centre, it comes as no surprise that Hong Kong’s telecommunications networks are highly developed.  H.K. leads the NetIndex broadband rankings, coming in strong at number one.  It’s communications include a wide-ranging and sophisticated network of Internet services delivered at incredible speeds, with averages approaching 100 Mbps, more than three times faster than in the United States.  This makes this region extremely appealing to businesses such as Voice Broadcasting services and Call Centers.

Country Code: +852

Timezone: Hong Kong Time Zone (UTC+08:00)

Destinations & Costs:
Fixed for $0.0146 per minute
Mobile CSL for $0.0210 per minute
Mobile Hutchison for $0.0212 per minute
Mobile Others for $0.0211 per minute
Mobile Smartone for $0.0210 per minute

Jobs:
jobsDB: Browse local telecom jobs at Hong Kong’s number one career searching site, listing hundreds of available positions for job-seekers.

News:
Reuters reports on excellent news in regards to speeding up the region’s already super fast internet.

Companies: 
The Arts with the Disabled Association (ADA) Hong Kong utilizes digital resources to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities to have access to and excel in the arts.

Hello Hunter provides unsurpassable telecommunications solutions, enabling businesses to save money on telephone and marketing costs. Find out more about their Predictive Dialing and Voice Broadcasting solutions.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Map
Puerto Rico, officially known as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is an unincorporated territory of the United States.  It is an archipelago, including the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.  The economy of Puerto Rico is classified as the most competitive economy in Latin America by the World Economic Forum and a high income economy by the World Bank.

The presence of a series of large active fault zones located just off shore of Puerto Rico’s northern coast creates a substantial tsunami threat.  In the last century, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake, centered approximately 15 kilometers off of the main island’s northwestern coast, caused widespread destruction and generated a tsunami that produced runup as high as six meters.  Therefore, high placed cell phone towers can be a more reliant mode of communications.

Country Code: +1

Timezone: Atlantic Time Zone (UTC-4:00)

Destinations & Costs:
Standard for $0.0098 per minute

Jobs: 
Puerto Rico Job Bank: Find local jobs online.

News:
Telegrography, an authoritative resource on up to date Telecom news, reports on Puerto Rico’s improving internet speeds.

Companies: 
Estancia Corazon, Inc. responds to the needs of the west coast community by providing meals, housing, medical and therapeutic care, to the disadvantaged and ill.

Hello Hunter is a provider of internet telephony services. Local businesses benefit from their unbeatable rates for Voice Broadcasting and Predictive Dialing, among other high quality services.

Colombia

Colombia Map

Colombia, officially known as the Republic of Colombia, is located in the northwest of South America.  It is bordered by Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador. It enjoys modern telecommunications infrastructure, primarily in it’s larger metropolitan areas such as Bogota, Medellin, and Cali.  The Colombian telecommunications sector has rapidly expanded since being liberalized in 1991, adding new services, expanding coverage, improving efficiency, and lowering cost.  Voice Broadcasting and Predictive Dialing call centers take advantage of the advanced telecommunications system in Colombia.  Some uses for Voice Broadcasting in Colombia are to send important alerts, promotions, updates, and notifications to customers, employees, voters, and members of the community.

Country Code: +57

Timezone: Colombia Time Zone (UTC-05:00)

Destinations & Costs:
Fixed for $0.0448 per minute
Fixed Bogota for $0.0259 per minute
Fixed Cali for $0.0192 per minute
Fixed Medellin for $0.0288 per minute
Fixed Pereira for $0.0203 per minute
LEX for $0.0781 per minute
Mobile for $0.0518 per minute
Mobile Comcel for $0.0281 per minute
Mobile Movistar for $0.0486 per minute
Mobile TIGO for $0.0549 per minute

Jobs:
Search available telecommunications jobs in Colombia through Indeed.com

News: 
Read relevant news on telecommunications from Colombia Reports.

Companies:
Colombia ChildCare is a charitable organization that seeks to positively impact children in need.

Hello Hunter helps provide Colombian businesses with affordable telephony services such as Voice Broadcasting and Predictive Dialing.

France

France Map

 

France, officially known as the French Republic, is a country located in Western Europe.  Metropolitan France is bordered by Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Andorra, and Monaco.  France is the largest country in Western Europe, and third-largest country in Europe as a whole.  France has been a major global power since the Late Middle Ages, producing many influential scientists, thinkers, artists, chefs, and technological innovators.  It remains a globally influential country to this day.  Its people enjoy a high standard of living, and France preforms exceptionally in health care, civil liberties, life expectancy, human development, education, and telecommunications.

France’s telecommunication system is very advanced.  Its highly developed telecommunications system is served by an extensive structure of automatic telephone exchanges connected by networks of fiber-optic cable, coaxial cable, microwave radio relay, and a domestic system.  Cellular telephone service is also widely available and expanding rapidly.  These technological advantages make France one of the best places in the world to operate Call Centers and Voice Broadcasting services.

Country Code: +33

Timezone: UTC+1:00

Destinations & Costs:
Fixed for $0.0096 per minute
Fixed ILIAD for $0.0082 per minute
Fixed OLO for $0.0076 per minute
Fixed OLO Zone 1 for $0.0076 per minute
Fixed OLO Zone 2 for $0.0076 per minute
Fixed OLO Zone 3 for $0.0077 per minute
Fixed OLO Zone 4 for $0.0078 per minute
Fixed OLO Zone 5 for $0.0077 per minute
Fixed OLO Zone 6 for $0.0075 per minute
Fixed OLO Zone 7 for $0.0080 per minute
Fixed Paris for $0.0091 per minute
Mobile Bouygues for $0.0279 per minute
Mobile Free for $0.0284 per minute
Mobile Globalstar for $0.3806 per minute
Mobile NRJ for $0.0249 per minute
Mobile Orange for $0.0264 per minute
Mobile Others for $0.0269 per minute
Mobile SFR for $0.0288 per minute
Mobile Virgin for $0.0264 per minute
Special services for $1.0000 per minute

Jobs: 
Indeed is a free job listing website featuring many local jobs in the field of telecommunications.

News:
Recent news from Venture Beat details how telecom entrepreneur, Xavier Neil, is leading a $190-million dollar project to prepare the world’s largest incubator space for 1,000 startups.

Companies: 
Women’s WorldWide Web is an online collaborative platform dedicated to empowering girls and women around the world through education, microfinance, access to ICTs and networking.

Hello Hunter is a provider of telephony services.  They deliver exceptionally affordable business solutions such as Voice Broadcasting and Predictive Dialing.

Canada

Canada Map

Canada is located in North America that is comprised of ten provinces and three territories.  It extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, making it the world’s second-largest country by total area and the fourth-largest country by land area.  Its border with the United States is the world’s longest land border shared by the same two countries.

As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, it isn’t surprising that Canada boasts some of the best telecommunications infrastructure on Earth.  It’s high quality internet services make it an excellent location for both Call Centers and Voice Broadcasting services.

Country Code: +1

Timezones:
Pacific (UTC-08:00), Central (UTC-06:00), Mountain (UTC-07:00), Eastern (UTC-05:00)

Destinations & Costs:
Fixed Northwest Territories for $0.0069 per minute
Fixed Others for $0.0065 per minute

Jobs: 
Canada Jobs is an excellent online resource for connecting hiring companies to job seeking professionals in a verity of fields including telecom.

News:
Latest news on Canadian Telecom: To Catch a Telemarketer. Fascinating news coverage on the topic of the Canadian Do Not Call list and the lengths one reporter went to find out how Canadians on the list were still getting calls.

Companies:
Hello Hunter provides cost effective Voice Broadcasting services to companies in Canada and beyond.

World Vision Canada is a nonprofit charity that utilizes social media and telephony to mobilize against child poverty, famine, and abuse.

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