Asterisk VoIP News

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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