O-Tel Telecom has announced a major expansion of geographic number  options for customers across South Africa, particularly in smaller towns.

Until now, the smaller towns were subjected to use the unpopular ‘087’ number code for their VoIP service. Because many callers feel that calling an 087 number is expensive, they avoid calling the number.
O-Tel’s existing offering includes the major cities codes, such as 010, 012, 021, 031, 041 and 051. This service has been popular with partners who find that closing a VoIP deal is easier when the client is offered a geographically allocated number.
With the new offering, O-Tel’s partners in smaller towns, particularly Wireless Internet Service Providers and Least Cost Routing (LCR) specialists, can offer number codes that include 013, 014, 015, 016, 017, 018, 022, 023, 027, 028, 043, 044, 045, 047, 053, 054, 056, 057 and 058.
Mohammad Patel, CEO of O-Tel, comments: ‘Porting numbers from Telkom has kept us busy in the past few months. However, our partners have been ecstatic to be able to provide relevant geographic numbers to their clients.”