STOCKHOLM, Sweden and HUNTSVILLE, Ala., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- IPsando,
an information technology company focusing on Internet Protocol (IP)
communications consulting and Digium, the creator of open source telephony,
today announced that AstriCon Europe 2005, the first of two annual Asterisk
user conferences, will be held June 15-17, 2005 at the Auditorium Madrid Hotel
in Madrid, Spain. In response to the large number of attendees at AstriCon
2004, IPsando and Digium selected the Auditorium Madrid Hotel, the largest
urban hotel in Europe, to ensure that AstriCon Europe 2005 would be able to
host the large number of telecommunications executives and open-source users
expected to attend the conference.
Boasting more than 200,000 users in over 200 countries, Asterisk is
changing the way businesses purchase telecommunications services and how
carriers build their voice over IP (VoIP) solutions by providing a complete
business- and carrier-class PBX solution based on a Linux computer.
"Asterisk has taken the telecommunications industry by storm - initially
winning favor with Linux enthusiasts, but now gaining traction among
telecommunications carriers and enterprises large and small," said Steven
Sokol, CEO of IPsando and AstriCon's organizer. "As a result, we wanted to
make sure that we are providing our Asterisk users with regular forums to
discuss the future in open source telephony."
The three-day conference will open with a keynote address by Mark Spencer,
president of Digium, and consist of a day of tutorials, including three tracks
ranging from beginner to expert, a conference day of innovations, strategies
and business cases followed by a one-day developer's summit. In addition to
the conference, there will also be an exhibition, with vendors and service
providers that work with Asterisk.
Topics to be addressed include:
-- Integrating the PBX with IT Infrastructure: Asterisk for the
-- VoIP Migration In-a-Box: Asterisk for Service Providers
-- Lower Cost, More Flexibility: Asterisk for Call Centers
-- Your VoIP Swiss Army Knife: Asterisk for Developers
-- Managing Your Asterisk PBX: From the CLI to the GUI
Registration is open at https://www.AstriCon.net/europe/. An Early Bird
discount of 20% is available through April 25, 2005. AstriCon is also
accepting potential sponsorship and speaking applications for all AstriCon
shows (including AstriCon Fall in the U.S.) through the AstriCon website
http://www.AstriCon.net/europe/speakers/. Please include the proposed
presentation title, a description of the presentation, as well as speaker bios
and contact information.
Code for Asterisk, originally written by Mark Spencer of Digium Inc., has
been contributed from open source software engineers around the world. It
supports a wide range of TDM protocols for the handling and transmission of
voice over traditional telephony interfaces. It also supports US and European
standard signaling types used in standard business phone systems, allowing it
to bridge between next-generation voice-data integrated networks and existing
infrastructure. Using the Inter-Asterisk eXchange (IAX(TM)) Voice over IP
protocol, Asterisk merges voice and data traffic seamlessly across disparate
networks. While using packet voice, it is possible to send data such as URL
addresses and images in-line with voice traffic, allowing advanced integration
Digium is the creator and primary developer of Asterisk, the industry's
first open source PBX. Used in combination with Digium's PCI telephony
interface cards, Asterisk offers a strategic, highly cost-effective approach
to voice and data transport over TDM, switched, and Ethernet architectures.
Digium solutions reduce the costs of traditional TDM and VoIP
implementations through open source, standards-based software and
next-generation gateways, media servers, and application servers. Digium
hardware supports traditional voice protocols, including PRI, RBS, FXS, FXO,
E&M, Feature Group D, Groundstart, Loopstart, and GR-303. Data protocols
include PPP, Cisco HDLC, and Frame Relay. For packet voice, Asterisk supports
IAX(TM) (Inter-Asterisk eXchange), SIP, MGCP, Cisco Skinny(R) (SCCP), and
H.323 VoIP protocols.
The Digium logo, Digium, Asterisk, and the Asterisk logo are trademarks of
Digium Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
IPsando is an information technology company focusing on Internet Protocol
(IP) communications consulting and in particular Asterisk, the industry's
first open source PBX.
Founded by Olle E. Johansson and Steven M. Sokol, both well-known
contributors to Asterisk and coordinators of AstriCon, the company runs
conferences and training seminars, develops software and provides consultancy
services. IPsando's AstriCon training "Introduction to Asterisk" is a
five-day boot camp that delivers the knowledge and insights needed to learn,
implement and produce Asterisk solutions.
Additional information is available at http://www.ipsando.com or by