ASTRICON (Denver) (PRWEB) October 27, 2011
Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, and the Asterisk open source community, today released Asterisk 10. Asterisk is a communications platform that allows developers to create powerful business phone systems and unified communications solutions. Since its introduction 12 years ago, Asterisk has been used, free of charge, in nearly every country of the world to power telephone and other communications systems. It has been downloaded millions of times, including two million last year alone, establishing Asterisk as the most popular open source telephony engine.
The most important new feature in Asterisk 10 is its wide-band media engine. Digium has replaced Asterisk’s telephony-grade media engine with a more advanced one, providing support for studio-quality audio and a nearly unlimited number of codecs. By supporting high and ultra high-definition voice, Asterisk can now be used to power communications applications that would have otherwise required specialized or expensive equipment and service in order to convey nuances in speech or emotion. Digium has also updated Asterisk’s media support for Asterisk 10, with several new codecs, including Skype’s SILK codec, 32kHz Speex support and pass-through support for CELT.
“Asterisk 10 catapults the platform forward and future-proofs its media handling,” said Mark Spencer, Asterisk’s creator and Digium’s founder and chief technology officer. “Working with the open source community, we’ve added a wide range of capabilities that enable Asterisk to provide outstanding support for more types of media. Even 12 years after Asterisk’s release, Digium remains wholly committed to continuing to advance it as user preferences, community requirements and the technology landscape evolve.”
Built with open source community support
Digium is advancing Asterisk with version 10, while simultaneously leading work on the Asterisk Scalable Communications Framework (SCF). Asterisk SCF will allow developers to create real-time communications applications that include voice, video and text that meet the demands of a full range of uses, from embedded applications to enterprise and carrier solutions.
Asterisk 10 makes its debut at AstriCon, the Asterisk User Conference & Expo, in Denver. Hundreds of attendees, including software and PBX developers, enterprise IT pros, systems integrators and call center and CRM developers, welcomed the announcement. In its eighth year, AstriCon is offering conference tracks focusing on technical information, carriers and call centers, cloud computing, commerce, government, enterprise and the Asterisk ecosystem. Developer conferences geared toward contributors to the Asterisk and Asterisk SCF projects are also taking place during this year’s AstriCon.
Asterisk 10 is available for free download and is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) v2. For more information about Asterisk and Asterisk SCF, visit http://www.asterisk.org.
New features in Asterisk 10
Asterisk 10 offers developers, integrators, resellers and telephony pros a range of new capabilities. A few include:
Detailed information about these and dozens of additional new capabilities and enhancements in Asterisk 10 is available at http://www.asterisk.org.
Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, created, owns and is the innovative force behind Asterisk, the most widely used open source telephony software. Since its founding in 1999, Digium has become the open source alternative to proprietary communication providers, with offerings that cost as much as 80 percent less. Digium offers Asterisk software free to the open source community and offers Switchvox IP PBX software to power a broad family of products for small, medium and large businesses. The company’s product line includes a wide range of hardware and software to enable resellers and customers to implement turnkey VoIP systems or to design their own custom telephony solutions. More information is available at http://www.digium.com.
The Digium logo, Digium, Asterisk, Asterisk SCF, Switchvox, Asterisk Business Edition, AsteriskNOW, Asterisk Appliance and the Asterisk logo are trademarks of Digium, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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