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Breadth of Asterisk Deployments Considered at AstriCon 2009

Breadth of Asterisk Deployments Considered at AstriCon 2009

October 07, 2009
By Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director

While much of the focus surrounding the growth of the Asterisk (News - Alert) platform centers on wide range of products and solutions being brought to market, implementations are equally wide ranging and present an interesting discussion in their own right.

Certainly, there are traditional businesses that have adopted Asterisk-based communications solutions, but there are other deployments globally that tell the story of the potential for Asterisk in nearly any environment.
For instance, CARnet, the Croatian Academic and Research Network, has deployed an Asterisk-based solution to support its communication needs.  CARnet primarily targets the academic and research communities in Croatia, helping drive the development of advances information and communications infrastructures for the community, the introduction of the latest technology and infrastructures.
CARnet’s deputy CEO Branko Radojevic, who is among the speakers at AstriCon 2009, the annual Asterisk developer and user conference, says that CARnet is leveraging Asterisk to build out the largest VoIP network in Croatia.  He’ll be at AstriCon to help others understand how they can similarly leverage the open source platform in their endeavors.
TMC’s group editorial director Erik Linask (News - Alert) recently interviewed Radojevic about CARnet’s use of Asterisk.
EL:      This year marks the 10th birthday of Asterisk. What has driven its growth over a decade?
BR:      Telephony, in general, has been an evolution taking place over the many decades of the last century. On the other hand, Asterisk represents telephony revolution. When people saw the difference, the growth was more than expected.
EL:      What is your company’s involvement with Asterisk?
BR:      My institution is using Asterisk to build the biggest VoIP network in our country. So, it’s actually the building brick of our VoIP solutions.
EL:      Who is your target customer and what are their biggest pain points?
BR:      Our customers are educational institutions in Croatia, ranging from Primary Schools to Universities, about 3,000 of them. They biggest pain is transition from traditional telephony to VoIP.
EL:      How does Asterisk help address your customers’ pain points?
BR:      Asterisk is an essential point in this transition. The solution is cheap and stable, and brings new services and opens new possibilities. Without Asterisk, we would have very hard time.
EL:      What are the key differentiators of your product over others on the market?
BR:      While ours is not a commercial “product” in the traditional sense, I’m certain that if we chose to use a commercial product, we would have spent at least ten times more, and would be left without the capabilities that can be found only in Asterisk.
EL:      You are speaking at AstriCon 2009 – describe your session and tell our readers why they should attend it.
BR:      My session will present to the audience our project in Croatia, called voopIX. It is a kind of case study. I hope to make it interesting, and maybe to be able to drive someone in the same direction. That would make me very happy.
EL:      What else do you expect to see or hear at AstriCon that will be particularly interesting or innovative?
BR:      First of all, I expect to see and hear what other people are doing with Asterisk, what maybe we have done wrong, and what we could do better. Then, I hope, we all will have fun.
EL:      Where do you see the Asterisk market in five years?
BR:      Asterisk came along ten years ago. It’s still here, and it will be here in five years. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Asterisk behind many commercial solutions, and to bring additional features and possibilities. Stay with Asterisk, you won’t regret it.
Learn more about the deployment possibilities of Asterisk, including CARnet’s success story, at AstriCon 2009, to be held Oct. 13 to 15 in Glendale, Ariz. AstriCon’s mission is to expand awareness and knowledge of Asterisk, the world's leading open source PBX (News - Alert), telephony engine, and telephony applications toolkit, over the course of a three-day conference and exhibition. AstriCon includes a wealth of information for every Asterisk user, whether you are getting started or have already discovered the power of Asterisk. Register now.

Erik Linask is Group Editorial Director of TMC, which brings news and compelling feature articles, podcasts, and videos to 2,000,000 visitors each month. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Erik Linask

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