Asterisk VoIP News

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Create your own Voice-over-IP PBX using Asterisk

Asterisk is already hard at work in South Africa. Its being used as a PABX, for call-recording, for both small and large call-centres, for voice conferencing, and in CTI (Computer Telephony Integration). Its providing inter-office "free" calling, and very inexpensive international calling. In every case, Asterisk-based solutions are a fraction of the cost of the traditional equivalents.

Voice-over-IP (VOIP) is built right in to Asterisk. Connecting into the traditional phone network is done using interface cards readily available in South Africa, or by connecting into an ITSP (Internet Telephony Service Provider) via VoIP over the Internet.

Asterisk provides all the functions of even the most expensive traditional PABXes simply with software running on an ordinary PC. What's more it comes with all the open-source goodness that Tectonic readers know and love.

At Connection Telecom we like to say that the coming together of VoIP and the open source world is resulting in the most dramatic change in the world of telephony since we last heard "Nommer Asseblief?" ["Number Please" in Afrikaans].

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