SIP Trunking Featured Article

August 12, 2014

FreePBX: From Humble Beginnings to Hundreds of Thousands of Users and Beyond

By Allison Boccamazzo
Managing Content Producer

FreePBX has one incredible story to tell. This morning, attendees were treated to an insightful walk through history of FreePBX during the panel session titled, “FreePBX Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow". The session was presented by Schmooze Communications VP, Philippe Lindheimer, and took place during FreePBX World, a collocated event at ITEXPO 2014, taking place August 11-14 in Las Vegas at The Rio.

It is evident, based on this morning’s session, that FreePBX is more than just an easy way to write configuration files for Asterisk. FreePBX has risen to become the world’s most popular and widely adopted Open Source PBX platform, currently powering millions of PBXs across the world, and is part of a hugely growing global market. Specifically, the global PBX market is experiencing explosive growth on the whole, accounting for more than $40 billion in annual sales, according to Eastern Management Group’s “Global PBX Market to 2018” report. Taking into account open source PBX software and distributions like FreePBX, this number easily exceeds this $40 billion mark.

For those unfamiliar with FreePBX, the phone system can be effectively implemented and used within any-sized business, from the small office or home office, to the SMB to the enterprise contact center. As a modular system, FreePBX also touts dozens of modules that can be installed to provide the niche functionality that business users want and need to sustain a competitive edge. 

So, how did FreePBX accelerate so rapidly? The project officially took off in 2007, where Linheimer says it went from being a hobby to mainstream. Lindheimer largely attributes this growth to the support from its community as an Open Sourced project. “Our community is what dictates and focuses our applications, and that is why FreePBX is such a strong system” he said. “The solution is developed against what users say they need.”

The community is comprised of all FreePBX users, and these same users often help fix bugs and contribute new features.“It is the community we listen to and the community that has let us become unquestionably the biggest open sourced PBX in the world,” said Lindheimer.

FreePBX will only continue to mature and grow and will see plenty of developments and sophistication in the near future, according to Lindheimer. One such development that he was able to tease is FreePBX 12, which is in beta and will be flushed out between now and AstriCon, taking place this October. The release will also incorporate support for Asterisk 13 and is slated for a February 2015 official release. 

For all users of FreePBX systems or anyone looking to sell and install VoIP phone systems and/or hosted VoIP services, FreePBX world boasts a plethora of riveting breakout sessions and special panels. Be sure to stop by FreePBX World today to learn more!

Edited by Adam Brandt
Subscribe here for your FREE
SIP TRUNKING enewslettter.

Featured Partner

Featured Whitepapers

SIP Security for the Enterprise
Voice over IP (VoIP) is incorporated into a variety of computer networks, both public and private, and used for everyday transactions and communications among carriers, businesses, government agencies...

Voice-Optimized Network Delivers Premier Call Experience
Customers equate call quality with business quality. Real-time communication, interpersonal interaction, and the cordial tone of a call center representative can create a positive impression of your business that no email can match.

Featured Datasheets

Ingate SIParator E-SBCs
Adopting SIP is a simple process with the Ingate SIParator, the secure enterprise session border controller (E-SBC). The SIParator makes secure SIP communications - including VoIP,SIP trunking and more - possible while working seamlessly with your existing network firewall.

Ingate Firewalls
Everyone is talking about enterprise usage of VoIP, instant messaging and other types of realtime communications including presence and conferencing.

SIP Trunk Solutions for Service Providers
The award-winning Ingate Firewall and Ingate SIParator deliver a high quality, reliable SIP trunk connection between the customer's IP-PBX and the service provider network, and solve interoperability issues to simplify deployments and support for remote diagnosis of reported issues.

Featured Case Studies

Case Study - Haiti
With this solution our doctors were able to reach anywhere in the world quickly and easily, to get consults from colleagues, facilitate treatment, order supplies 'on the fly' and also help victims report back to families. The solution from Business Mobility Systems and Ingate worked immediately.

Case Study - Turkish Petroleum
"With one Ingate at the customer headquarters, all of their remote workers can enjoy the benefits of Turkish Petroleum's IP-PBX from anywhere in the world.

Case Study - GCM
"The Ingate solution overcomes the NAT traversal hurdle and makes it possible to connect customers to our VoIP service, without the need of costly leased lines or support intensive VPN tunnels.

Case Study - Kool Smiles
"Ingate's solutions provide the advanced level of security necessary for this medical environment and the tools to make the interface to the service provider hassle-free."

Case Study - NMSAS
"This solution really saved the day for us," said Paul Mercier, IT Administrator, NMSAS. "We needed to leverage SIP trunks to reduce costs, and they had to work with our existing Microsoft OCS investment."

Discover Leisure Connects Remote Users to its IP-PBX
Discover Leisure is one of the largest resellers of caravans and motor homes in the UK. With 15 branch of?

Featured eBOOKS

Internet+: The Way Toward Global Unified Communication
Connecting the telephony of the enterprise PBX or Unified Communications (UC) system using SIP trunks instead of conventional telephone lines has been very successful in recent years.

What is SIP Trunking? Edition 2
SIP trunking is becoming more of a focus for service providers. One key issue many service providers face when deploying SIP trunks is NAT, or Network Address Translation, traversal.

What is SIP Trunking? Edition 1
A vast resource for information about all things SIP - including SIP, security, VoIP, SIP trunking and Unified Communications.

Featured Videos

E-SBCs AS The Demarcation Point:
Ingate's Steve Johnson talks to Erik Linask about the role session border controller plays as the demarcation point at...

Demystifying DPI
How can deep packet inspection protect your SIP traffic as well as your entire network?

Featured Resources

What's New

Presenting the New Ingate/Intertex Website:
Internet+ is an extended Internet access allowing high quality SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) based real-time person-to-person communication, everywhere and for any application. It applies to both fixed and mobile networks ...

Featured Blogs

Featured Webinars

Secure SIP Trunking:
What You Need to Know

Successfully Deploying Enterprise SIP Trunking:
Tools and Techniques for Overcoming Common Roadblocks

Featured Podcasts

Getting the Most Out of Your SIP Trunks:
Ingate's Steve Johnson and TMC's Erik Linask discuss how best practices forgetting the most out of SIP Trunking services and common pitfalls to avoid.