From The Sip Trunking Experts

[June 05, 2006]

Digium Announces Asterisk Business Edition B.1 at GlobalComm 2006; New Offering Includes Increased Security, Product Compatibility and Support Services

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. & CHICAGO --(Business Wire)-- June 5, 2006 -- Digium(R) Inc. the original creator of Asterisk(TM) and pioneer of open source telephony, today announced a major upgrade of its Asterisk Business Edition(TM), the professional-grade version of Asterisk, the industry's first open source PBX. Asterisk offers a strategic, highly cost-effective approach to voice and data transport over TDM, switched, and Ethernet architectures. The Asterisk Business Edition provides tested reliability of critical functions and features, and is tailored for small and enterprise business applications.

The upgraded release includes enhanced security and scalability provided by Ranch Network's Asterisk security code, speech recognition capabilities through the LumenVox Speech Engine, text-to-speech applications through the Cepstral Text-to-Speech System and a customized Linux distribution to simplify installation. Asterisk Business Edition B.1 will also feature built-in support for Intel Dialogic Products and Aculab Prosody X cards.

"Asterisk Business Edition has given the enterprise user a cost effective and reliable way to incorporate open source technology," said Jim Webster, director of software technologies for Digium. "This upgraded version, with enhanced security and advanced features provided by our partners, will make it even easier for businesses to opt for a telephony platform based on open source development and open standards over proprietary systems, especially in the migration to VoIP."

Asterisk Business Edition is backed by Digium's comprehensive test program and professional support team. This certified version of Asterisk provides enterprise environments with a telephony platform suitable for critical business applications. Featured third-party software products are integrated directly into the product and can be deployed on an Asterisk server. The latest version includes a full one year warranty and technical support for installation, updates, and critical issues.

"Security is a critical component for all voice solutions, especially in a business environment," said Alex Pavlovsky, president of Ranch Networks. "By integrating the Ranch Networks security code into the new version of the Asterisk Business Edition, Digium addresses many concerns with open source software."

"LumenVox's goal was to reach the innovative community of Asterisk users," said Gerd Graumann, director of business development at LumenVox. "Now, with the integration of our speech recognition technology, Business Edition customers can easily speech-enable their applications."

Digium will be demonstrating the latest version of Asterisk Business Edition B.1 during the GlobalComm Exhibition in Chicago, IL June 4th through 8th.

Pricing and Availability

The upgraded Asterisk Business Edition is priced at $995.00 and will be available from Asterisk resellers and distributors worldwide by the end of the month. For more information, please contact or call 1-256-428-6262. Current Asterisk Business Edition customers are eligible for a free upgrade to the new version under their existing maintenance plan. Users can also purchase an optional one-year extended warranty.

About Digium

Digium is the original creator and primary developer of Asterisk, the industry's first open source PBX and Asterisk Business Edition, the professional-grade version of Asterisk. Used in combination with Digium's PCI telephony interface cards, Asterisk offers a strategic, highly cost-effective approach to voice and data transport over IP, TDM, switched and Ethernet architectures.

Digium provides quality hardware and software products that enable telephony applications including legacy PBX, IVR, auto attendant, next generation gateways, media servers and application servers. Digium also offers a full range of professional services including consulting, technical support and custom software development services.

About Asterisk

Code for Asterisk, originally written by Mark Spencer of Digium Inc., has been contributed to from open source software engineers around the world. It supports a wide range of TDM protocols for the handling and transmission of voice over traditional telephony interfaces, and VoIP packet protocols such as IAX, SIP and H.323. It supports US and European standard signaling types used in business phone systems, allowing it to bridge between next-generation voice-data integrated networks and existing infrastructure.

The Digium logo, Digium, Asterisk, and the Asterisk logo are trademarks of Digium Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respected owners.

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