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Digium|Asterisk World Set to Shine in Miami

February 1, 2009

Open source is really all the rage these days in IP Communications. In fact, a recent report from Eastern Management Group puts the Open Source PBX market share at 18% - not bad when you consider the incumbent companies and technologies that are being displaced.   Companies such as Digum, Fonality, Sangoma, and others are considered to be the leaders in the open source space, and all these companies will be in attendance at ITEXPO, which starts tomorrow.   In addition to educational seminars and training sessions on how to use, deploy, manage, etc... an open source PBX, one of the key open source attractions at the event will be Digium|Asterisk World.   The first ever Asterisk event focused purely on Asterisk for business, Digium|Asterisk World is "Everything Asterisk" for the business user, reseller, and executive decision maker.   The following partners will be exhibiting alongside Digium in the Digium|Asterisk World pavilion:   ·         AG Projects ·         Asteria Solutions Group ·         Camrivox ·         ContactQ (Braxtel Communications) ·         FreeSide ·         High Powered Help ·         Infradapt ·         Interlink Communication Systems ·         Net2phone ·         openLINE Networks ·         Orecx ·         Presence Technology ·         Transnexus ·         VoicePulse ·         Xorcom   Digium|Asterisk World promises to be one of the highlights of the overall ITEXPO event taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center tomorrow through Wednesday.   For details on attending the show, check out the ITEXPO home page.   For an overview of the available open source related training sessions, check out Rich's blog on the subject.    

Early ITEXPO Shots

February 1, 2009

I'm in Miami with the team ahead of ITEXPO, and things are progressing beautifully. Preparations are being completed, and we're looking forward to the opening of the show tomorrow.

For those of you who have never been to a trade show before the official opening, I thought you might like to see what the exhibit hall looks like in the days leading up to the show.


Here's a couple of shots showing the work in progress.



It'll be a different story tomorrow at 5:45pm in the Miami Beach Convention Center when the crowds of exhibitors and attendees start their business of meeting and seeking out the latest IP communications solutions.


ITEXPO is in town through Wednesday February 4, so come on down to the Miami Beach Convention Center and be a part of the action.

The Bell Has NOT Rung on WiMAX

January 30, 2009

So there's been quite a bit of buzz this past few weeks about the potential demise of WiMAX.   First Nokia stopped production of their WiMAX device, then there was some news about Intel writing off their entire investment in the venture with Clearwire... It was covered all over TMCnet, but Rich summed it up nicely in his post: The Trillion Dollar Question - Is WiMAX Dying?   Now, LTE has its proponents and WiMAX has its detractors, but Carl Ford, writing on the 4GWE blog points out the following:   While many want me to point to LTE as the clear winner, I don't think this would be a sign of WiMAX's apocalypse. I instead see this as a prudent move on Nortel's part to emphasize the pieces of the solutions they own. Partnerships in Telecom are pretty easily forced by the carriers, and the real story is that no carrier is forcing Nortel to support WiMAX.   This maybe proof that WiMAX is in trouble, but it's more likely proof that the legacy Nortel customers are not looking for Nortel to go into new areas with them.   So I asked Scenna Tabesh, director of marketing communications for the WiMAX Forum, for some insight into the Nortel situation as well as the future co-existence of the two 4G approaches, LTE and WiMAX.

Oh Canada! Dialexia, Sangoma Interop News

January 29, 2009

SIP Trunking Podcast: Avaya's Alan Klein

January 26, 2009

With only one week to go before ITEXPO, it's an exciting time as we make the final preparations ahead of "The World's Communications Conference."   One of the elements of the show that has been very successful in the past is the SIP Trunking seminar, organized by Ingate Systems with sponsorship from the likes of Avaya, BandTel and others. The seminar is taking place at this year's ITEXPO as well.   Last week we ran a couple of interviews with BandTel's Joel Maloff, including a Q&A and a podcast.   We also published an interview with Avaya's Alan Klein.   Well we just posted the podcast interview with Alan. Give it a listen.   And when you're done, please cruise on over to the ITEXPO site and sign up for the SIP Trunking workshop. You'll be glad you did!      

Rich on Microsoft's Response Point

January 23, 2009

TMC Blogs: The Week in Review

January 23, 2009

What was the big story this week? No doubt it was the inauguration of Barack Obama, as the 44th President of the United States and the first African-American to hold that post. Truly a historic day for our nation: a day when many people put politics aside to welcome our newest leader to his job, and judging by the crowds in Washington, D.C. this past Tuesday it was quite a welcome indeed.   Rich is excited.

SIP Trunking Podcast: BandTel's Joel Maloff

January 23, 2009

Last Friday I published an interview with Joel Maloff, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at BandTel, the SIP Trunking provider.   Working together with Ingate, BandTel is a Platinum Sponsor of the "SIP Trunking: Everything You Need to Know" seminars at ITEXPO East 2009, which take place February 2-4, 2009 in Miami Beach, Florida.   Well I just concluded a podcast interview with Joel, and so I invite you to listen to that audio interview as well, to get some more information ahead of the seminars.   The seminars have traditionally been a big draw at ITEXPO and all forecasts point to another successful installment at the show, which takes place in Miami Beach in just 9 days.   Sponsors of the SIP Trunking: Everything You Need to Know workshop include:   Platinum Sponsors: Avaya, BandTel Gold Sponsor: Cbeyond Sponsors: AireSpring, BBTelesys,, Digium, Iwatsu, J Arnold & Associates, ShoreTel, SIP Forum, and VOIPSA.   For more information, or to register for the show, please visit the ITEXPO home page.

Open Source Education at ITEXPO/Digium|Asterisk World

January 22, 2009

Earlier today I noted that Camrivox' CEO was presenting at ITEXPO on February 3rd.   But the open source education doesn't stop there.   At the upcoming ITEXPO/Digium|Asterisk World Conference (is it really only 10 days away?), Digium will host a pair of new Asterisk training courses.   The collocated events take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center in beautiful Miami Beach, FL.   On Tuesday, February 3, 2009 they will present a one-day introduction/training seminar on their Switchvox system.   This course serves to: explain the role of a Switchvox system within a corporate IT/telephony infrastructure; familiarize the student with the initial setup and configuration of their Switchvox system; and more.   And, on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, Digium will present their newest educational offering, the Asterisk 123 course.   Asterisk 123 is a "gentle introduction" to the Asterisk Open Source PBX, introducing the student to the many roles that Asterisk can play and walks them through setting up Asterisk for the first time.   For both classes, participants receive a student kit, which includes:   ·         Digium TDM411B Analog card (1 FXO port + 1 FXS port) ·         Polycom SoundPoint IP 330 SIP Phone ·         Asterisk Tote Bag ·         Asterisk T-shirt ·         Asterisk SWAG Kit ·         Calculator, pen, mouse pad, etc.   If you are interested in either or both of these training courses, feel free to register online at the Digium|Asterisk World Web site.  

Camrivox CEO to Present at Digium|Asterisk World

January 22, 2009

With ITEXPO and Digium|Asterisk World just around the corner, we're starting to get word from companies about what they will be showcasing or releasing at the event(s) as well as what they will be talking about in the various educational forums.   Camrivox Ltd, a Cambridge, UK-based Unified Communications innovator and developer of Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) software for the SME market is a Digium|Asterisk software partner.   Malcolm Wood, the company's CEO will speak about how the company's Flexor CTI software extends Asterisk into the world of contact management and CRM.   We're excited to be part of Digium|Asterisk World, and look forward to spreading the Asterisk word to the wider ITEXPO community. We are bringing to Digium|Asterisk a highly compelling product that is right for this economic environment and that builds on the ethos of open-source telephony to deliver extremely cost effective and scalable CTI.   Wood will present CTI & CRM - Extending Asterisk out to the Desktop at 2pm, Tuesday February 3rd in the presentation theater on the exhibit hall floor, in the Digium|Asterisk World pavilion.  
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