Asterisk Gets More Friendly

Kevin Fleming, Digium Senior Software Engineer and co-maintainer of Asterisk, opened his talk at last week's Communications Developer conference by asking how many in the audience knew what Asterisk was. About half raised their hands. Then he asked what Asterisk was. Most answered that it was a PBX. Which was his point. "Asterisk isn't a PBX, it's a platform," he said. A PBX is only one of the things it can be used for. Fleming spent the remainder of his time sharing some of the other things … [Read more...]

Open source networking and VoIP, EQO VoIP long distance

By year end open source fans will have a unified platform for networking and VoIP thanks to a partnership between Digium and Vyatta to integrate Asterisk with Vyatta's Open Source Router. EQO has added long distance mobile VoIP and messaging at local rates to its mobile social networking service. European WiFi hotspot provider Trustive reports that hotspot users are paying for way more than they get. No surprise there. Trustive also predicts that VoIP will be the killer app for … [Read more...]

Samsung debuts enterprise networking

Samsung is making a push into the U.S. enterprise networking market with its Ubigate iBG 2016 and iBG 3026 converged networking platforms. Introduced in Europe and Asia last year, the alone-in-one devices are aimed at small and mid-size companies and branch offices of large ones. The Ubigate looks like a competitor to the Cisco 1800 series. Nokia debuted the Intellisync Call Connect for Cisco, a dual-mode device designed for the reality that most of us aren't at our desks 40 percent of the … [Read more...]

It’s Not the Journey, It’s the Goal

They may have different ways of getting there, but everyone at last week's Communications Developer conference agreed on the destination: unified communications. "Communications is becoming open in a way that allows developers to connect communications to virtually anything from hardware to software to network equipment," says conference producer TMC President Rich Tehrani. "Leaving the decision about what to implement to the purchaser. "Virtually every company in the communications business … [Read more...]