AstriCon Europe 2005 to Be Held in Madrid in June

Larger Crowds Expected As Asterisk, the First Open-Source PBX, Continues

Market Proliferation

Apr 14, 2005, 01:00 ET from Digium

    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  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  Please include the proposed
 presentation title, a description of the presentation, as well as speaker bios
 and contact information.
     About Asterisk
     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
 of information.
     About Digium
     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.
     About IPsando
     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.
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