Asterisk VoIP News

Friday, March 31, 2006

Connect GoogleTalk to your Telephone with FreeSwitch

The FreeSwitch project announces the immediate availability of a brand new Open Source Jingle XMPP signaling library as well as an endpoint module enabling a Jingle telephony gateway. The library dubbed "libDingaLing", written in C, creates a layer of abstraction to allow for an easier transition as the Jingle protocol evolves and eliminates the need to deal with XMPP or XML and supports many concurrent instances within 1 application.

The library is currently considered to be in Alpha stage, has been compiled and tested on many computer platforms including Windows XP, Solaris, Linux and MacOS X. The only other existing implementation of this protocol released thus far is the GoogleTalk instant messenger application therefore the library has been designed with interoperability with this particular client in mind but also anticipates changes in the protocol to come along as it becomes more widely accepted.

The new endpoint module appropriately named "mod_dingaling" couples FreeSWITCH to libDingaLing and allows both inbound and outbound communication. With this technology, GoogleTalk calls can gateway to the PSTN or to other VoIP protocols such as SIP or H323.

FreeSWITCH, is a new open source telephony project started in early 2006 designed to provide a modular platform on which to merge various technologies. Both libDingaLing and FreeSWITCH were written by Anthony Minessale II, a developer who after contributing to other telephony related open source projects, decided to start a new initiative that focuses on abstraction, modularity and cross-platform crossarchitectural design.

Arisng Group Evaluates Asterisk for International Clients

Arising Group, Inc. has begun rigorous testing of the open source VoIP PBX, Asterisk. It is hoped that the new communication platform will provide a robust and low cost telephone solution for their international clients who need to stay connected with their traveling field representatives.

George Karshner, Director of Business Development at Arising Group said that what attracted them to Asterisk is the versatility and functionality of the program. "It appears that Asterisk can perform all of the functions of a premium office phone system like voicemail, conference bridging, call queuing, and call detail records, plus higher functions usually required by trading firms, like talk detection, call monitoring, and remote call pickup" Karshner said. "Its flexible feature set is very promising", he added, “but we want to run a battery of situation tests before we deploy it".

Arising Group has several multinational clients who need to stay in touch with their workers in Europe and Asia. One China based client has reps in the U.S., Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. All of these people must communicate frequently from places where Internet service is more reliable than cell phone connections. They are also looking to cut down their international calling costs. With this new VOIP technology, all the inter-office phone bills will be one low, flat rate, Internet connection call.

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

VoXaLot releases web activated telephony service

VoXaLot is the Web activated telephony service "Web Callback". Using this functionality you can make a call from any phone, anywhere, anytime using VoIP rates - even if you don't have an ATA or VoIP phone.

So, how does it work? You need to have signed up with a VoIP provider that gives you call rates that you are happy with. You don't have to configure any equipment on your side - you just need to have an account with a third-party VoIP provider.

In addition to being able to call VoIP numbers without having any VoIP equipment, you can also take advantage of the cheap PSTN rates that many providers offer. To do this, you need to have accounts with two different providers.

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Don't Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Use Asterisk

With apologies to Sidney Poitier, yes, even your doorbell can now be part of your Asterisk system. And it probably should. Kevin Flanagan and his wife run a ski lodge in Mt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire. For baseball fans, you'll be interested in knowing that Babe Ruth spent a lot of time hanging out in Room #2 at the Cranmore Mountain Lodge primarily because his daughter owned it in the 1940's.

Anyway, Kevin wrote us about his DOORBELL several months ago, and we've been chomping at the bit to publish his article but were just waiting for a lull in the Asterisk updates. I hate to even say that for fear that Asterisk@Home 2.8 will hit the street in the morning. So, today, we're going to show you how to hook up your doorbell to Asterisk. And, we'll throw in an intercom as well. When someone rings your doorbell, they'll get music on hold or a prerecorded announcement while your phones go crazy!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Veratel offers AES128 bit Encryption for IAX

Companies can take comfort in knowing its voice communications are secure by implementing AES128 bit encryption for its Asterisk service. This application requires IAX/2 and Asterisk 1.2.4 or above. Sign up for free and purchase this service. Veratel's AES128 bit Encryption for IAX is only $5.00/US per account, for an unlimited number of local/toll free DID numbers.

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Linux LiveCD VoIP Server

The Linux LiveCD VoIP Server can be used to provide a Vonage type service, or to create a voip pbx for a campus or business with upto thousands of phones. It is based on the Open Standard SIP Express Router (SER) and Asterisk. It can serve as a SIP Proxy, VoIP PBX, VoIP gateway or Class 5 Softswitch

Live Demo Examples: and

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Asterisk Tools for Mac OSX

Hello Asterisk Users,

I am an Objective-C enthusiast and have been writing some clever tools to integrate Asterisk functionality with Mac OS X applications.

Please find my project on:

The objectives of my project are as follows:

1. Implement an Objective-C framework to communicate effectively with the Asterisk Management Interface

2. Address Book plugin to enable call back functionality

3. A System Preferences pane to allow administrators to easily configure Asterisk options on a Mac

4. Dashboard Widget that allows users to quickly call arbitary numbers

5. iTunes integration to stop and star iTunes to play when the phone rings etc.

The source code is in pre-Alpha stage at the moment but I am hoping to release a Beta at the end of next week. Please feel free to download and use these extensions. I hope they turn out to be useful and would appreciate any feedback.


Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Asterisk Architectural Freeze for 1.4

I want to remind everybody that we have our scheduled architectural freeze, this Friday, for the 1.4 release. What this means is that if you have features that you would like to see in 1.4 THAT REQUIRE CHANGES TO THE HEADER FILES, those changes need to be finalized by this Friday. We may push back the date by a couple days, if we have enough on the bugtracker to discuss, but your patches on the bugtracker must be applicable to the current trunk, and you must have addressed all concerns listed on the bugtracker before Friday for your patch to be considered for 1.4.

Features that do not require changes to the header files are not architectural in nature; those features have until the beginning of May to be gotten ready.

I hope to see a flurry of activity on the bugtracker, so we may go forward with each of our planned freeze dates, culminating in the release of 1.4 by the end of June.


Monday, March 27, 2006

WIST - Web Interface for SIP Trace

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Asterisk 1.2.6 and Zaptel 1.2.5 Released

The Asterisk Development Team is pleased to announce the release of Asterisk 1.2.6 and Zaptel 1.2.5. Both of these releases include a number of important bug fixes, and users are encouraged to upgrade their systems when possible. See the included ChangeLog files for more details on what has been fixed.

The releases are available on the Digium FTP servers as PGP signed tarballs and also as PGP signed patch files, to ease upgrading from the previous versions. The keys used to sign these files can be verified by using the keyserver at

Thanks for your support of Asterisk and Zaptel! Announces World's First Low Profile FXO PCI Card

The X100P provides a single, full featured FXO interface for connecting the Open Source Asterisk PBX server to the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network).

This PCI card allows Asterisk to make calls to or receive calls from a traditional analog phone line. The X100P is affordable and ideal component for building Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and Voicemail applications.

It supports all standard enhanced call features including Caller ID, Call Conferencing, and Call Waiting/Caller ID. It features the Latest Revision of the Original DAA chipsets with Caller ID Fix.

By combining the X100P and the Power of Open Source Asterisk PBX, one can easily, economically implement sophisticated yet flexible call services. Such services ranging from multi-menued IVR, multi-protocol VoIP gateways, directory services to business class voicemail.

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TERENA Secretariat Switches to VoIP/Asterisk

The TERENA Secretariat recently migrated its phone system to an open-source-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solution. VoIP is a technology for transmitting ordinary telephone calls over the Internet very cheaply or for free. TERENA had planned to replace the Secretariat phone system this year and wanted a system that is more reliable than the traditional systems and provides a number of new features.

VoIP Technology is just one of the areas that the TERENA Task Force on Voice, Video and Collaboration (TF-VVC) is involved with. TF-VVC promotes the ongoing development and testing of available collaboration technologies and services and defines, develops and tests new video, voice and collaboration services. It was felt that any new TERENA Secretariat phone system should support the new technologies being pioneered by the task force. Several options were considered and a decision was taken to opt for an open solution which was free from any vendor lock-ins and proprietary protocols.

TERENA decided to use the Open Source software package "Asterisk" as the heart of the new Private Branch Exchange (PBX). All legacy phones in the office were replaced with IP phones, which all use the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to communicate with the PBX. The PBX itself still uses ISDN lines to make calls to people on ordinary phone networks but it is also hooked up to the Internet, so callers can use SIP to make (free) calls via the Internet.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006

GEOTEK Phonebook for Asterisk Released

This is a new, easy to use phonebook application that installs in minutes on any Asterisk server. It has a pleasant, ergonomically designed web interface that allows to look up phone numbers and to modify and update the central Asterisk caller database, so that callers can be identified by name on all SIP telephones.

The most recent incoming calls are listed up front with names when avaibable. Phone numbers may be imported from other applications or even retrieved online via LDAP from Exchange od eDirectory. By clicking on the telephone number a call can be initiated without the need for MS-TAPI or any client software. (Click-to-Dial) There is also a mini dialer that can be used for telephone integration with other applications.

The phonebook may be used as a central phonebook for smaller companies, as an add-on for existing company address applications, as a tool to specifically deal with CallerID identification in Asterisk or as a cute click-to-dial application. (CTI)

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Realtime Interview with Peter Csathy at SightSpeed

Yesterday I had the pleasure of chatting with Peter Csathy. Peter's the CEO of SightSpeed. We talked about VoIP, video, and SightSpeed's fascinating software offering. I'd like to share our conversation with you.

The first thing that's important to acknowledge has to do with Peter "drinking his own kool-aid," which I'll mention again later. We used SightSpeed to share a video conversation for this interview. This is the second time I've done an interview using SightSpeed, and in both cases, it's been an awesome collaboration tool.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

University of Queensland (UQ) dials Asterisk for VoIP

Having completed its campus-wide wireless network last year, the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane has joined the handful of enterprises deploying the open source Asterisk IP-PBX for staff and student VoIP.

Scott Sinclair from the university's strategic technologies group told Computerworld new technologies are always being investigated and VoIP could reduce call costs, particularly between the smaller campuses which are already linked by fibre.

"We have a commercial ISP as part of the university so providing commercial VoIP with Asterisk would be good," Sinclair said. "We're looking at a number of products but the easy and inexpensive way to get into [VoIP] is with open source." While making a name for itself among open source and IP telephony circles, Asterisk, which runs on Linux and Unix, has little to show for widespread enterprise adoption. Its flagship end-user sites include Melbourne-based department store chain Adairs, and Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi.

"So far we have successfully integrated Asterisk with the traditional TDM and are now looking at the presence functionality it provides," Sinclair said.

"We only have a small deployment but it's been successful so far. Being able to advertise the multiple places where you are is a powerful feature." UQ's Asterisk system consists one x86 server running Red Hat Linux. Sinclair is excited at the possibilities of VoIP for some 5500 staff and 35,000 students when "their e-mail will become their phone number using the SIP protocol".

About 10 people are using Asterisk now, but UQ will soon begin a pilot project with one of its residential colleges to supply VoIP to students' rooms. This will involve some 200 users.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Even more cool README for the test branch

Thanks to Mike Taht - the Asterisk Rock Band Leader - we now have a README with hyperlinks to the bug reports in Mantis.

More Information

A good way to discover the test branch before you help me test it.

Today, I've updated the func_realtime so it loads properly (thanks bweschke) and added an update to the cdr_radius driver. The radius CDR driver is now a mix of two drivers - the best of two tested drivers where the developers decided to combine their work. Good work in a community fashion!

Thanks for all the help and all the contributions. Keep testing!


A Marriage Made in Heaven: Sprint Cellphone + Asterisk@Home = Unlimited U.S. Cell Phone Calls for $5

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LumenVox and Digium Partner to Offer Speech-Enabled for Asterisk Business Edition

LumenVox, an innovator of speech recognition technology, announced that Digium Inc., the creator of Asterisk, and pioneer of open source telephony, is currently integrating LumenVox's Speech Engine into their Open Source and Business Edition PBX's.

"Speech recognition enhances customer interactivity with an Asterisk PBX," said Mark Spencer, president of Digium and creator of Asterisk. "Additionally, the integration with the LumenVox Speech Engine enables the Asterisk development community to cost-effectively build and deploy speech solutions with performance characteristics to support even the most demanding speech requirements."

"One of our missions as a company is to work towards popularizing speech recognition," said Ed Miller, president of LumenVox, "and to provide world-class technology. The Asterisk community is innovative and adaptive and we are pleased to be a part of Digium's open source communications revolution."

The Speech Engine performs recognition on audio data from any audio source, and allows for dynamic language, grammar, audio format, and logging capabilities.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

VoIP offers wealth of opportunity

By the time you read this column, Cebit 2006 will be over and the exhibitors will have flown home. But judging from the number of products and vendors demonstrating their offerings it is clear that voice over IP (VoIP) has gone mainstream.

On the one hand the Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers are trying to bring new products to market, and on the other we have some seriously large players extolling the virtues of their particular brands of VoIP.

The legacy PABX vendors simply cannot succeed in the face of competition from VoIP and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based telephony. While the PABX market may continue for a few years as a service-only operation maintaining legacy equipment, anyone who buys a non-IP telephony system (particularly smaller firms) is probably wasting their money. This is particularly the case where costs can be reduced significantly through the use of open-source PABX systems, such as Asterisk.

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GDS Voice Conferencing Solution released today!

Nearly every company today uses Voice Conferencing in daily business to maximize productivity. There are many conferencing solutions in the market but the challenge is to integrate a scalable solution that will meet your needs and also delivers cost-efficiency and good return on investment.

GDS Voice Conferencing solution is a cost effective, feature rich Enterprise Voice Conferencing solution based on native Asterisk voice conferencing application.
GDS Voice Conferencing solution is an feature rich Enterprise Voice Conferencing solution built on top of native Asterisk MeetMe application.
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GDS Voice Conferencing Solution Info

* Multiple conference types (scheduled, recurrence, reservation-less)
* Intuitive web interface for conference management, personal contact management, user management and system administration
* Ability to easily manage conferencing attributes like announce user leave/join, wait for marked user and to associate contacts and its roles within the conference (listen only, admin mode etc.)
* Monitor live conferences (mute/un-mute participant, kick out participant, lock conference, view on line participants, its attributes etc.)
* Easy import of existing contacts
* Integrated personal contact management for simple invitation and notification
* User role based privileges
* Port resources management (TDM and VoIP)
* Recurrence and conflict conferences management
* Automatic email notifications and reminders
* API (application programming interface) that allow development of integrated or custom application
and more...

Boris Zolotarev

Monday, March 20, 2006

China to open up VoIP market?

Speculation is growing that China could be about to relax restrictions on its voice over IP (VoIP) market.

A report last week in The Beijing News said the Chinese government has granted a VoIP licence to a southern Chinese telecoms company for a pilot programme, and telecom carriers and virtual network operators (VNO) will be allowed to apply for the licences starting in 2007.

So far Chinese telecoms operators that have received government approval to trial VoIP services declined to do so because they believed it would threaten their fixed-line services revenues, according to the newspaper.

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FreePBX 2.0 Preview

Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes trying to figure out Asterisk’s configuration files can quickly appreciate a graphical user interface to make managing the myriad of files much easier. One of the best open source projects has been the Asterisk Management Portal (aka AMP). While AMP has been a fantastic tool, its original design did not take into account all of the features that would eventually become available and need to be added to the system. Eventually, a complete rewrite of the code was going to be needed to modularize the system and change things around in order to sustain the product for a long time. Thus, FreePBX was born. In this article, we look under the hood at what FreePBX is and how it works.

What is FreePBX
Many people think that FreePBX is a competitor to Asterisk@Home, this is far from accurate. Asterisk@Home is an ISO image that automatically installs CentOS, AMP, Flash Operator Panel, Asterisk Recording Interface, and many other tools and preconfigured dialplan options. FreePBX is simply the replacement for one component of Asterisk@Home, replacing AMP as the configuration file editor. In upcoming versions of Asterisk@Home, it will include FreePBX rather than AMP. If you build your own Linux server, install Asterisk, you can simply install FreePBX to help you manage your system.

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Friday, March 17, 2006

New astGUIclient VICIDIAL Released: 1.1.10

We've released another update to our Asterisk GUI Client suite: 1.1.10

The client suite runs on most modern web browsers on almost any GUI-capable operating system, and it includes the astGUIclient client-side web app which extends your phone's functionality and the VICIDIAL client-side web app inbound/outbound call center software. This package is free as in GPL. (The suite is not an asterisk configuration tool) This package is geared towards Asterisk installations with SIP,IAX or Zap phones and Zaptel, IAX or SIP trunks.

For this revision, we have focused on fixing bugs and several new features like Answering machine detection integration and Scheduled callbacks for VICIDIAL. We have also tested the suite on Asterisk versions through 1.2.4

All client web-apps and administration pages are available in English, Spanish and Greek, with rough translations of French, German, Italian and Portuguese for the client web-apps only.

Check out the project blog for more information:

Let me know what you think.


FreePBX 2.0.1 Released!

The Asterisk Management Portal (AMP) is now known as FreePBX.

FreePBX 2.0.1 is now available for download. A **BIG** thank you goes out to the project developers for all their hard work, and to beta testers for running FreePBX through it's paces!

This exciting new release boasts a better user experience, additional functionality, and a new module system.

The module system is designed to be simple, powerful, and easy to use existing code with. It only imposes a minimal API, with just a few requirements to make it work. Please see the project wiki for more information:

As usual, previous versions (AMP) will be automatically upgraded by the install_amp script. Please note, that when you install, no modules will be enabled. You must visit the web interface and click to install them.

Please report any bugs using the sourceforge bugtracker.

Bug Trackers & Mailing Lists:
Project Wiki:
Documentation Wiki:
IRC: #freepbx on freenode

Changes For: 2.0.1
- AMP is now "freePBX"
- New module system allows for drop-in functionality
- All previous AMP functionality ported to new module system
- Added Modules: Conferences, Time Conditions, Asterisk CLI, Online Support
- Inbound routes can set ALERT_INFO variable for SIP devices
- Outbound Routes can now use an Authenticate Password File
- Queue Static Agents can have penalties applied
- Ringgroups can play an announcement to caller before dialing
- Ability to force Emergency Caller ID for devices using an Emergency Outbound Route.
- Much improved form validation for all modules
- Requires Asterisk 1.2.x
- Using native music on hold support - no more mpg123!!
- FOP .24
- ARI 00.08.03 - now with AJAX!
- Initial sqlite support!
- GUI improvements
- Default is to use freePBX database authentication.
- SVN has been adopted for version control

Ryan Courtnage
Coalescent Systems Inc.
Tomorrow's Telephony Today

Calling Circles Desktop - Outlook/Asterisk Integration

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Asterisk Users to Get Free Call Management App from Fonality

Excerpt: IP-PBX phone systems provider Fonality announced this week the introduction of Heads-Up Display (HUD), a new call management application that provides businesses with real-time, easy-to-use call control and management features. HUD comes in two versions, the HUDlite, which is a free call management application for the Asterisk Open Source PBX; and the HUDpro, which is an advanced call management application that enhances PBXtra, the company's IP-PBX platform.

"The Digium-Fonality relationship is an important one to us," said Spencer. "Fonality's new HUD application provides Asterisk users with an innovative and extremely productive way to improve their operations with call presence awareness and call management."

The HUD seems to be like a presence monitor. Through a color-coded desktop interface, HUD lets employees see when others in the office are on a call, to whom they are talking to and whether calls are internal, external or in a queue. HUDlite, available next month, provides drag-and-drop calling and call controls, call monitoring and barging and on-the-fly recording. HUDpro is currently available and it provides additional features, including advanced multihierarchical permission systems, enterprise-class secure instant messaging (IM), complete integration with PBXtra and configuration and support from Fonality."

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Asterisk Predictive Dialer for Your Outbound Call Center

Predictive Dialers are used by outbound call centers to keep their call center agents talking on the phone. Indosoft has recently upgraded its predictive dialer technology based on open source Asterisk.

It can provide live connects within 10 to 15 seconds from the time an agent wraps up a call. In order to achieve this, a predictive dialer has to dial more phone numbers than the anticipated number of agents available to answer the calls, should the calls be picked up. Generally when a call is picked up and there are no available agents to answer the call, it gets dropped and the person on the other end does not hear an agent. The FCC in United States and the CRTC in Canada have strict guidelines governing dropped calls. Indosoft's predictive dialer technology is designed to be compliant with these guidelines so that the predictive dialer drops less than 3% of the total number of calls connected, excluding answering machines. The PBX running the predictive dialer is expected to play a recorded message announcing the dropped call with details in conformity with the regulation.

Predictive dialers are computer algorithms that decide how many phone numbers the PBX should dial out, for a given number of agents. The optimization in the predictive dialing algorithm tries to determine the number of connects at any given time. The parameters are generally a function of the quality of leads, the time of day and the immediate statistical past. Predictive Dialers with tone detection to identify Busy, No-Answer and other call terminations do not have high degree of accuracy in identifying the call termination. Asterisk provides TDM and VoIP termination options that come with Digital signaling essential for reliable and fast detection. Asterisk has a CTI capable TCP based Manager Interface. A good session manager for any call center software should use this interface to manage the predictive dialing algorithm.

This advanced predictive dialer is tightly integrated with Asterisk and is a sub-component of the telephony and CRM of Indosoft's outbound contact center technology. Asterisk PBX is a full featured open source Enterprise PBX software that dramatically reduces the cost of building any large call center using its wonderful telephony platform. At very little cost, it provides all essential functionality required for an enterprise call center. The Digium Quad PRI (T1) boards are good quality TDM interface at extremely low cost. Digium-Asterisk will become the dominating platform for contact center industry in years to come.

Indosoft Inc. has many successful deployments of its predictive dialer in contact center industry today. Indosoft is a Digium Asterisk partner and provides fully blended solutions for Contact Centers, Audio Conferencing Bridge, Real-time call blocking for Do Not Call list enforcement, Hosted PBX, IVR and Recording.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

AudioCodes Teams with Digium -- Media Gateways + Asterisk Software

AudioCodes and Digium, the creator of Asterisk and pioneer of open source telephony, announced a partnership to formalize product interoperability between a range of AudioCodes media gateway platforms and the Asterisk open-source software application.

AudioCodes SIP Gateway products, the Mediant 1000; TP260/SIP; and the MediaPack will undergo testing and a certification process to determine interoperability and compatibility when integrated with Digium's Asterisk Business Edition.

The companies said the results of interoperability testing will help Asterisk developers and value added resellers (VARs) to better design and deploy high quality and scalable SIP-based solutions.

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and take your VoIP test. You have 10 mins to take the test. Anyone who passes and emails there name, screenshot of time and proof they passed. I will add you too my own Grad list.

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The title explains it all. Goto the site and adds yourself to be counted:


Note: I have thought about developing one of these of my own for the blog. If there is an devs out there that would like to work with my on a version of this but with a different feature set please email me.

MCC Billing Solution for Asterisk v.1.3 Released

MCC - Billing solution for Asterisk PBX

Current version: 1.3 + 1.3.1 Patch

MCC is a web-based, user (and admin) friendly billing interface for Asterisk and VOIP.

MCC is open source software licensed under the GPL

Features of MCC:

-Unlimited SIP, IAX and Mobile/PSTN devices assigned to user
-Unlimited tariffs with different rates
-Rate Table viewable in Currency of choice
-Profit counting!!!
-Stats by countries
-Blocking of users
-Show Balance, Expenditure, Payments and number of Calls on each account
-Call Data Records (also in CSV/PDF)
-Advanced customer management and portal management
-Integrated PayPal and commerce modules
-View and Store Customers payments
-Manage Pre Paid and Post Paid customers
-Full Credit control by User Account

Concurrent calls for every user

MCC Requirements:

Apache + PHP


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

SipReality Announces Release of TotallySip Softswitch

SipReality Limited, a developer and distributor of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) softswitch and end user device provisioning systems is pleased to announce the Commercial Release of it's TotallySip Softswitch platform.

TotallySip has been developed as a carrier grade softswitch solution to service both the emerging VoIP Internet Service Providers (VISP) and much larger and geographically dispersed Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLEC) as well the Incumbent Carriers (ILEC). The system is fully scalable from a single node operating with end user provisioning to Class IV and Class V switch features. TotallySip integrates easily with many vendor gateway solutions allowing for maximum flexibility in using existing infrastructure to augment services into the VoIP arena.

Low cost of entry combined with flexible integration and of course extensive features makes TotallySip stand out as one of the most economically viable Softswitches on the market today. Clustering between nodes in geographically disperse or centralized locations is simple and efficient while still allowing for single point management of the entire system. Least Cost Routing (LCR) is done via NPA/NXX with OCN based support coming soon. (LERG subscription required for OCN based routing).

Paul Falcon, President of SipReality stated, "We are very happy to reach our goal of delivering a high availability yet reasonably priced softswitch solution to the market. Today we hit a milestone. Expect to see more modules and add-ons for TotallySip to be available in the coming months extending the ease of use and functionality far beyond any competitive product."

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Digium Announces New Hardware Products at VON

Digium Inc., the creator of Asterisk(TM), and pioneer of open source telephony, today announced the availability of new hardware solutions to enhance Asterisk transcoding and echo cancellation performance for VoIP and PSTN gateways. These new products include the TC400P VoIP transcoding card and the TE420P and TE415P four-port T1/E1/J1/PRI cards with onboard hardware echo cancellation.

"Our product team is always working to develop solutions like these that ultimately further the open source movement in VoIP," said Mark Spencer, president of Digium. "Not only are we constantly striving to improve Asterisk's performance, but we also want to contribute to the overall VoIP experience, while keeping costs low."

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New ncurses Asterisk Manager Interface

I am currently developing a asterisk ncurses interface using the manager API. The project is currently awaiting sourceforge's approval but I have a beta online at:

The projects real home will be This project really consists of two parts, libassman is a C manager API and assman is the ncurses portion. It's still beta but I have been running it for quite some time on a production server w/o any major glitches. Soon as the approves the project I will have SVN and the latest versions online.

Feedback is welcome as well as requested features.


Sig Lange

A2Billing (Asterisk2Billing) Release v1.1

Great day for the callingcard-fan ! Just a little mail to let you know that a new version of A2Billing 1.1 (Asterisk2Billing) is available! Many features have been added, lot of bugs solved and hundreds of good improvement made, so there we go ->

The key newest features :
* Ecommerce product with API addons - Integration with OsCommerce
* Speeddial-support for UIs (Customer & Admin)
* Add DB backup/restore tool
* Currencies support management - yahoo financial (cront for auto update) Add new model for update currencies from Yahoo , now currencies are in Database in cc_currencies table. Remove and any information about.
* Signup autocreates SIP/IAX
* New features for PEAK & OFF-PEAK
Add new model for ratecard , removing week day and adding starttime and endtime instead.
* Add Voip Provider
* Add support for Jiax web phone
* notenoughcredit_assign_newcardnumber_cid
IF the CARD doesn't have enough credit, request to enter a new cardnumber.
* Assign the CallerID to the new cardnumber
* Predictive Dialer Features
* Manage Campaign, Phonelist, Import Phonelist.
* Customer Interface (Agent) have the ability to call a predefined amount of Phone numbers.
* Support call at Zero-Cost & Negative cost (plus param = maxtime_tocall_negatif_free_route)
* CallerID authentication improvement
- (new param : notenoughcredit_cardnumber ;
cid_auto_assign_card_to_cid ; cid_auto_create_card ;
* Popup Select Card - avoids long load (issue for user that have create lot of cards)
* PAYPAL SUPPORT - IPN - Customer can buy credit through paypal
* DID SELLING SUPPORT + DID monthly billing - features to sell to your customer preconfigured DID.
Customer would have the opportunity to redirect those to his phonenumber and even deploy a Follow-Me
* and lot of bug fixed and much more fancy stuff...

Other good stuff as well :
- WIKI ->
I hope it will help to build quickly a serious user manual, I know
that it's pain in $%& to understand the soft.
- FORUM ->
Damn !!! Que demande le peuple !!!
- DEMO ->
- UNLIMITED FREE CALL ON PSTN -> ... forgot the link!

Seriously bit of helps (documenting, dev...) would be greatly appreciated so if someone is willing to help/contribute, please contact me directly! Enough talk it's time to enjoy this new version, have fun and don't forget to send me your comments :P


Help Article: Configuring iax.conf for IAX2 clients

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Digium and Zimbra Bring Asterisk VoIP to there Collaboration Suite at Spring VON

Digium Inc., the original creator of Asterisk and pioneer of open source telephony, and Zimbra, a leader in open source next-generation collaboration and messaging, today announced the integration of Voice-over-IP calling capabilities into the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS), by leveraging Asterisk. With this partnership, Digium and Zimbra are leading the way to the first open source Unified Messaging platform.

"We're really pumped that Zimbra and Digium are able to provide Unified Messaging this quickly by leveraging open platforms. Now, I can initiate a conference call with my engineering team, quickly access my voicemail or call home from the road - all through my e-mail," said Satish Dharmaraj, Zimbra co-founder and CEO. "What's beautiful about this is that it's all based on open standards. We've implemented a SIP integration with ZCS that has been tested and proven on Digium's open source Asterisk VoIP system."

Click Here for the Full Release

Esnatech Unveils Asterisk Based Real-Time Communication Solution

Esnatech, a provider of enterprise real-time communications solutions, today announced it has joined the Digium(TM) Partner Program to deliver enterprise based Unified Communications solutions integrated with Asterisk(TM) IP telephony platforms.

Esnatech's Telephony Office-LinX is a next-generation, real-time communications platform integrated within an organization's telephony network. The release of IP integration with Asterisk will provide small business organizations a truly Unified Communications platform incorporating IP telephony with integrated IP applications targeted specifically for the enterprise business marketplace.

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. The Digium Partner program is designed to promote Digium and Asterisk related products. The goal is to form a closer relationship between Digium and companies who have incorporated Digium and Asterisk technology into their products.

Esnatech's Asterisk integration provides pure SIP-based Unified Communications solution. It provides secure server-based wireless messaging with access to messages conveniently from virtually any communication device, including office telephones, cell phones, PDAs, PCs or any Web browser. It bundles a suite of communication solutions including location-based routing, fax, online and offline access to presence management and text messaging, speech-enabled routing and corporate dialing, desktop call control, IVR and CRM integration, all bundled into one integrated SIP based platform.

Click Here for the Full Release

Monday, March 13, 2006

Newbie's Guide to Asterisk@Home 2.7: Unabridged Installation and Upgrade Guide

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Ekiga 2.00 aka "The Oberoi Release" available!

Ekiga is a SIP and H.323 compatible VoIP, IP Telephony, and Video Conferencing application that allows you to make audio and video calls to remote users with SIP or H.323 hardware and software. It supports all modern VoIP features for both SIP and H.323.

Ekiga is the first Open Source application to support both H.323 and SIP, as well as audio and video. Ekiga was formerly known as GnomeMeeting.

After more than one year of work, Ekiga 2.00 is finally available. Ekiga is now the first Open Source software to support both SIP and H.323 in the same application. GnomeMeeting was already a pioneer among the Open Source Voice over IP softphones, and we hope that Ekiga will continue in this path.
Among the features, you can find:

* Full SIP Support
* Full H.323 Support
* Audio and Video Support
* Call Transfer (SIP and H.323)
* Call Forwarding on Busy, No Answer, Always
* Call Hold
* DTMFs Support
* Basic Instant Messaging
* Ability to Register to Several SIP Accounts Simultaneously
* Possibility to Use an Outbound Proxy (SIP) or a Gateway (H.323)
* Message Waiting Indications (SIP)

Among the new features:

* Better Audio Quality
* Support for Wideband Codecs (16 kHz)
* Echo Cancellation
* Easier NAT traversal
* Improved camera Support
* Improved Video4Linux2 Support
* DBUS Support

Click Here for more Information

RIM to "Push" Voice Calls Into Corporate Desks

The maker of BlackBerry email devices - RIM has acquired Ascendent Systems, a leading provider of solutions that simplify voice mobility implementations in the enterprise.

It is a SIP standards-based software solution that augments existing PBX (Private Branch Exchange) and IP-PBX (Internet Protocol Private Branch Exchange) systems and supports heterogeneous telephony environments to “push” voice calls and extend corporate desk phone functionality to mobile users on their wireless handset or any wireline phone. Ascendent will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of RIM. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Click Here for the Full Article

Friday, March 10, 2006

Development news :: T38 passthrough support

Friends in the community,

There is a lot of cool stuff going on in Asterisk development, things that will change Asterisk and make it work better in your organisation, make it easier to sell in your area or give you more consulting oppurtunities - in short, functionality that will make a lot of sense for you users.

However, developers can't really get anywhere without a dialog with the users. You know what you need, you know what is missing and how you would like to
make Asterisk a better choice.

I am planning to send out a description of new features now and then, to inform you about what is going on, but also to get some feedback. The bug tracker is not only a tool for developers, but also for testers and users to react to changes and contribute.

*** ITU T.38 -- Fax over VoIP

Fax over VoIP is a hot issue. VoIP service providers encourage people to switch to VoIP but often forget to mention that faxing over VoIP is like russian
roulette. On a local LAN, it might work if you pick a clear channel codec like G.711. Steve Underwood, member of the Asterisk developer team, has writen a good article about the problems involved and the solutions for it on his web site, the URL is:

T.38 is an ITU standard for fax over VoIP. To simplify, the idea is to decode the fax audio stream at the ingress point, convert it to a data stream that is not
sensitive towards jitter or delays and encode it into audio again if needed at the other end of the call - if you can't convert it to an image somewhere in the middle and print it directly, or send it by e-mail.

*** T.38 PASSTHROUGH in Asterisk

Steve is the main contributor behind the work for T38 support in Asterisk. He's also
the author of spandsp - the fax application that many use in Asterisk. The first part
is to be able to send T38 calls to your Asterisk PBX and make Asterisk recognize
this and forward the data stream to another endpoint that supports T.38.

Asterisk won't be an T.38 endpoint, but will handle T.38 calls properly, regardless
if the T.38 was offered in the original call setup, or if the caller suddenly sends a fax in the middle of a call (a re-invite). The requirement is that the incoming channel and the outbound channel both supports T38. If not, the call will be
declined in a proper way.

When this is tested and stable, work will continue to see if we can make Asterisk an T.38 endpoint.

This is a very important addition to Asterisk. There is code for testing available.
If you are interested, please check this URL in the bug tracker:

I think this is a big step for Asterisk. Do you? If so, don't forget to say "thank you" to Steve Underwood - Coppice!

Have a nice weekend!


Signate's CEO appears on Interviews with Ronald Lewis

Signate, a VoIP open source telephony company, is led by its present CEO, William Boehlke. Boehlke's 25 years of senior level experience has afforded him opportunities with leaders such as Adobe, Baan, Borland, Lucent Data Networking, PeopleSoft and Knight-Ridder and successful start-ups such as Forte Software, Siebel Systems and Tibco.

Click Here for the Interview with Signate's CEO

Vonage cries foul over Canada VoIP "Tax"

Note: This is a little off-topic for Asterisk but I felt you still needed to read this if you have not heard because it could affect us in the future.

Consumer IP telephony service Vonage has filed a complaint to Canadian regulators over plans by local telco, Shaw Cable, to charge a C$10 ($8.60) a month premium to customers of VoIP service. The charge ostensibly covers to cost of providing a higher quality connection to VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) users. Vonage describes the levy as a "thinly veiled" VoIP tax.

By using internet connections to make long-distance calls instead of conventional voice circuits users have the potential to make far cheaper calls. Vonage argues Shaw's fee undermines the healthy development of the market.

Click Here for the Full Article

Thursday, March 09, 2006

ruby-agi-1.1.2 released

Release notes of: ruby-agi-1.1.2
March 07, 2006

In this release bug # 3722 has been fixed
Details of this can be found Here

Feedback, suggestion, feature request, bug report is always appreciated.

For more information, please visit projects homepage:

To install ruby-agi,
% gem install ruby-agi
and to update exiting ruby-agi
% gem update ruby-agi

Mohammad Khan
info beeplove com

MINNESOTA: TwinCities Asterisk Users Group -Saturday 03/11/2006

"Keep in touch with the World"

The next Asterisk Users Group meeting has been scheduled for this Saturday March 11th at 11:30am.

Meetings are held monthly on the second Saturday of each month, excluding July and December.

Meetings are held at Sound Choice Communications LLC:
Google Map Directions

Sound Choice Communications is located in Bloomington Minnesota, just 1/2 mile west of the Mall of America. The address is: 7839 12th Ave S, Bloomington Minnesota 55425. We are just south of Hwy494 on 12th Ave. 12th Avenue is one exit west of Hwy 77 (Ceder Ave).

This month we'll hear from Shane Young and Dave Walters as they discuss integrating Asterisk with Tivo, Home security, Home Audio, and possibly X-10.

If you're having a problem with Asterisk, bring your questions to a meeting for free help. We love helping new users!

Come to a meeting to meet other asterisk users, see asterisk solutions, win a door prize, eat food, or for the good company, to look for work, if your looking for employees, to go out for a drive, to get out of your house, whatever, JUST COME TO THE MEETING!

Last month we gave away two licenses for the Cepstral Text to Speech software voices. Thank's Cepstral for your support!

In November we gave away an autographed copy of the O'Reilly book "Asterisk - The Future of Telephony". All three authors, plus Mark Spencer personally signed the book.

New visitors can help themselves to FREE FXO Interface cards (So you can connect your phone line, and have a timing source for meetme and IAX protocols). Some members have been known to swap hardware at the meetings. Have extra VoIP gear, looking for VoIP gear? There's plenty of hardware to see. Have you been to a meeting recently?

Please come and share your own ideas and learn from others. As always, free food.

We are always looking for help with meeting topics. If you feel like taking the lead, please do and simply let me know if you need anything.

Meeting starts at 11:30am and parking is available in the rear of the building. Runs about 2 hours or less, and we'll order Pizza to the meeting for lunch.

Look forward to seeing you there.

VoIP Info Link

If you have a product or service you'd like to introduce to our members, send a private message to ejo1(at) and we'll see if we can't get you listed as next month's sponsor.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Asterisk Based - Starface Released

starface is a professional Voice-over-IP solution, which can reproduce the complete voice-communication of companies on a software basis.

Characteristic for starface Softswitch PBX is the innovative, process-oriented usage concept, which uses the advantages of the software basis, to reproduce the process of voice-communication ergonomically and intuitively.

The browser-based concept makes sure, that starface can be used on every client with a standard-browser - without any need to install additional software. By this means, starface potentiates the access on centralized resources - out on business or through mobile clients.

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Business 2.0 Names Fonality Top 25 Startup

Fonality, the leader in affordable IP-PBX systems for small businesses and the world's largest distributed deployment of Asterisk, today announced that Business 2.0 has named Fonality one of "The Next Net 25." According to the magazine, Business 2.0 editors selected Fonality as one of 25 companies "in the vanguard" of the "new Web revolution."

Editors selected companies "whose approaches help illuminate where the Web is headed and where the opportunities lie." "The Next Net 25" includes five categories. Fonality was selected as one of five companies within the category titled "The New Phone."

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

[Nerd Vittles] Asterisk Call Queues: The Smarter Way to Manage Incoming Calls

Excerpt: "Ever wished you could screen incoming calls and route them to another person, or to an autoattendant, or to voicemail without the caller knowing what you're up to? Need a free Automatic Call Distribution (ACD) System for your business (with Elevator Music no less) that will balance incoming call workload among your employees? Ever wanted to prioritize incoming calls from different groups of callers? How about a simple way to access hidden features on your Asterisk system when you're away from your home or office?

Well, the latest Asterisk (1.2.x) now can do all of this without breaking a sweat... with Call Queues. And, with Asterisk@Home 2.5 and its included Asterisk Management Portal, you can build a complete Call Queue System in about half an hour."

Click Here for the Full Nerd

It's a Cisco Day - Cisco: Unified Communications System

The new Unified Communications System aimed at streamlining business processes, and helping to drive productivity. Unified Communications (UC) will feature new presence, desktop tools, mobile integration and network intelligence to improve business agility and customer interaction. Cisco Unified Communications is fully embracing the SIP standard on their desktop phones.

Based on the Cisco Service-Oriented Network Architecture (SONA) announced in December 2005, the Cisco Unified Communications system is an open and extensible platform for real-time communications based on presence, mobility and the intelligent information network. It uses the IT data network as the service delivery platform helping workers to reach the right resource the first time by delivering presence and preference information to an organization's employees.

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Cisco Sees The Light On VoIP Protocol (Finally)

Cisco Systems' IP-based PBX system was the only major system still not supporting a standard protocol that would cut the cost of voice over IP and pave the way for a new generation of VoIP applications. That all changes this week, as mounting customer pressure and the standard's potential finally convinced Cisco to get behind the Session Initiation Protocol.

The network-equipment vendor has planned a set of announcements that have the Session Initiation Protocol at their core. In addition to a SIP-compliant CallManager 5.0, they include SIP capabilities for Cisco IP phones, presence-awareness software, and multimedia communications software.

The messaging protocol delegates how VoIP phones establish contact and use call waiting, among other things. It will let customers mix and match VoIP products from different vendors. Support in CallManager 5.0 should make it possible for a customer to choose a cheaper SIP-based alternative to Cisco's VoIP phones, which can cost upward of $500 apiece. Cisco plans to support Research In Motion's BlackBerry and forthcoming Nokia dual-mode phones with Call Manager 5.0, though just about any standard SIP-based phone from two dozen or so vendors should work with the IP PBX.

Click Here for the Full Article

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Asterisk 1.2.5 Released

Asterisk 1.2.5 is now available for download on the ftp. See the ChangeLog for details about what has changed.

Click Here to Download

As mentioned in the release announcement for Zaptel 1.2.4, our releases now contain some extra files. The Asterisk release is available as asterisk-1.2.5.tar.gz. However, there is also a patch against the previous release as an option for a smaller download, asterisk-1.2.5-patch.gz.

For both the release tarballs and release patches, we have provided SHA-1 sums and PGP signatures. To verify the releases, you will need the public keys of both and Both are available on the keyserver,

Thank you for your continued support of Asterisk!

-- The Asterisk Development Team

Thursday, March 02, 2006

The AstriCon Europe Tour: June 2006

AstriCon returns to Europe this summer with a three-city tour. Events will be held in London, Paris and Berlin. The program at each tour stop will include top-notch technical speakers, a developer meeting, an exhibition of Asterisk products and services, an introductory seminar, and plenty of local content.

Click Here for AstriCon Information

Contact Center News: VoIP, Nuasis, SureWest, Unity4, Digium Asterisk PBX

Nuasis Corporation, which calls itself "the IP contact center company," announces the signing of a "major contract" with Southwest Gas Corporation.

The Nuasis NuContact Center was preferred by Southwest Gas, Nuasis officials say, "in part because of its ability to manage multiple contact center sites with a single software application." The system will be used to apply common rules, policies and resources across Southwest Gas locations.

Independent telecommunications holding company SureWest Communications announced operating results today for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2005. Total operating revenues grew from $211.8 million in 2004 to $218.6 million in 2005, yielding net income of $6.4 million in 2005 as compared to a loss of $1.1 million in 2004.

Unity4 will deploy Indosoft contact center technology in Sydney, Australia. The computer telephony backbone will be based on the Digium Asterisk PBX.

Indosoft will supply the Dialer technology, integrate a soft-phone into the Unity4 Agent Desktop and co-develop a contact center specific ACD architecture and GUI interface for Asterisk.

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Sangoma CEO Addresses Open Source VoIP at VON Spring

Hardware scalability is a major concern for those working in the Open Source VoIP space. Come hear Sangoma Technologies ( David Mandelstam and his fellow panelists discuss "VoIP in the real world" as it relates to issues of security, high availability and flexibility.

David Mandelstam - President/CEO David and his research and development team focuses on Sangoma's family of AFT (Advanced Flexible Telecommunication) T1/E1/J1 voice/data cards that are engineered for today's demanding soft PBX, IVR and VoIP applications, such as Asterisk and Yate.

VON Spring Conference & Expo, San Jose, CA Free and Open Source VoIP: World Communication through World Cooperation Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 9:15am - 10:35am

Click Here for Info on Spring VON

Milliwatt Analyzer available

Here it is: Mwanalyze

It performs a Fourier analysis for a fixed frequency and tells the amplitude.

The frequency is not limited to 1000 Hz, but can be passed as argument. The periode duration must be a mulitple of 0.5 ms, thus the valid frequences are: 2000 Hz, 1000 Hz, 666.666666667 Hz, 500 Hz, ...

Furthermore the application computes the ripple on that tone. In order to detect audiogaps and short noise on the line, one can define a treshold and a timeslice duration (typically 1s to 0.1s), and the application will compute the ripple for each timeslice and count the timeslices with a ripple greater than the given treshold.

Thus the application is a tool to verify the line quality, e.g. for least-cost-but-not-too-bad-line routings.

For conveniance Mwanalyze also generates a tone of the frequency it analyzes. Thus a bidirectional operation, and test for frequencies other than Milliwatt's 1000 Hz are possible. Anyway Milliwatt is much much more economic to CPU and RAM!

For details see inline documenation or output while loading the module!

Now, I will try to contact to dev-list, in order to put this application to future releases.


Wednesday, March 01, 2006

[Nerd Vittles] Follow-Me Roaming with Asterisk: Transparently Integrating Mobile Phones Into Your Dialplan

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