ENUM - Mapping telephone numbers to SIP or e-mail addresses in DNS

"ENUM" is a method of mapping traditional telephone numbers to SIP, SMTP (e-mail), and other internet services.

This is done using DNS "NAPTR" records under the "e164.arpa" domain.
Telephone numbers are mapped by reversing the digits of a phone number starting with the international dialing code (1=USA/Canada, 44=U.K., 45=Denmark, etc.) and inserting dots between all digits.
For example the phone number 12345678 in Denmark (45) would be "8.7.6.5.4.3.2.1.5.4.e164.arpa".

The "e164.arpa" domain is sub-delegated by RIPE (see http://www.ripe.net/enum/) to authorities in each country.
Note: Not all countries are delegated yet at this time.

To host ENUM records for your phone numbers, the e164.arpa sub-domain for your phone numbers would first need to be delegated to your DNS servers by the local authority in your country (typically whoever assigns phone numbers to phone companies).

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For specifics and various configuration examples see RFC2916 and RFC3761.

For more information about ENUM, see http://www.enum.org/faq.html

 

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