Truphone, a provider of mobile communications access for international travelers, is expanding to the United States and is basing its U.S. headquarters in Research Triangle Park.

The company launched in the United Kingdom in 2006. It employs some 300 people wordlwide.

Gary Cohen, a former executive with Motricity, IBM, Nextel and Lenovo, will lead the Triangle operation as senior vice president and general manager for Truphone Americas.

“RTP is well known for its technological advancements and entrepreneurial culture and both reasons support why Truphone is here,” Cohen said in a statement. “We look forward to joining the more than 170 global companies based in RTP and becoming a respected neighbor in our own right.”

Truphone provides a service that enables travelers to avoid higher cost roaming fees.

The RTP team includes people who have worked for other telecommunications and technology firms such as Sprint, AT&T, IBM, Motorola, Ericsson and British Telecom.

Truphone launched the first mobile VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) service in 2006. Its technology works with Apple and Android smartphones.