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Digium, Critical Links Ink Asterisk-Compatible Board Deal


June 23, 2008

Digium, Critical Links Ink Asterisk-Compatible Board Deal

By Greg Galitzine
Group Editorial Director


Life is all about making choices. Today, Digium (News - Alert) has announced that Critical Links, a global provider of converged voice, data and IT solutions for SMBs, has chosen Digium as the exclusive supplier of Asterisk (News - Alert)-compatible analog and digital PCI and PCIe telephony boards for Critical Links’ edgeBOX solution.

“Open source Asterisk provides the key IP telephony component of our edgeBOX feature set. In evaluating vendors of digital and analog telephony cards for Asterisk-based solutions, Digium was an obvious choice,” said Abdul Kasim, vice president, global business development and marketing, Critical Links (News - Alert).
The partnership between the two companies extends to cover Digium’s analog telephony cards (four-, eight- and 24-port cards) as well as the company’s digital telephony offerings (single-, dual- and quad-span T1/E1 cards and ISDN BRI cards).
edgeBOX is an office-in-a-box appliance that provides a complete voice, data and IT solution for SMEs and enterprise branch offices. The multi-function gateway appliance includes VOIP/IP-PBX, VPN, security, NAC, QoS and a WiFi access point as well as a fax-server, Web server, e-mail server, print server and data storage. The solution is designed to support up to 300 users, with different form factors and a host of broadband interfaces such as BRI/PRI(T1/E1), FX0/FXS, Ethernet, etc.
According to Kasim, “Digium’s active support of open source Asterisk provides us with a low-cost VoIP development platform on which to develop our commercial value-added products. In evaluating card vendors, it became clear that no other vendor can match Digium’s total package of guaranteed quality, breadth of product, core Asterisk support capability, and connection to the Asterisk project.”
“Digium is excited to work with Critical Links and the impressive group of international carriers that have built their service upon the edgeBOX product line,” said Bill Miller (News - Alert), Digium’s vice president of product management and marketing. “The agreement provides an excellent opportunity for Digium to access new audiences with our new line of digital and analog telephony cards, which are covered by the Digium Exceptional Satisfaction Program — the strongest quality guarantee in open source telephony.”
Greg Galitzine (News - Alert) is editorial director of TMCnet. To read more of Greg’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
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