About the author

David works with the Worldwide Asterisk Community for Digium, and is an Asterisk enthusiast in addition to being a Chartered Engineer, globally experienced trainer and public speaker. His experience includes Air Traffic Control communications, Wireless Local Loop, Mobile Networks, Computer Telephony, Voice over IP and Asterisk specifically. In addition to many web articles, David's publications include Asterisk 1.4: The Professional's Guide (Packt, co-author) and the contribution of a chapter (on Internationalisation) to Asterisk: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly). David is editorially responsible for AstriCon (THE annual global Asterisk event) where he also introduced the 'Fastest Dude to the Dialtone' contest some years ago. He is a frequent speaker at AsterConference Asia (David has also MC'd at this event), IT Expo (East and West) and a number of corporate events. He has also spoken at numerous other conferences - VoIP Developer, Speech World, CT Expo and UC Expo to name a few.

5 Reasons Attending AstriCon in Las Vegas is No Gamble!

AstriCon 2014 is happening soon (October 22-24) in Las Vegas, and there are so many great reasons to attend that it’s difficult to know where to start…
To help explain why you *need* to be with us this year, I’ve compiled a list of 5 compelling reasons that make AstriCon a sure bet!

1Astricon 2014 speakers. People
AstriCon is the only place where you can meet so many of the great people that make the Asterisk Community interesting, diverse and vibrant. People from all over the world make the annual trip to AstriCon to learn from thought leaders, like Craig Walker Continued

Russia Hosts Asterisk Community Get-together and Reseller Event

Asterisk finds its way into all corners of the world, and downloads are particularly high in Russia – so it was a real pleasure to go there recently to meet folks from the Russian Asterisk community.
Flying into Moscow in the evening, I was met by Alexander Litnitskiy (community member and Digium authorized Asterisk trainer), who kindly took me to a hotel close to the airport.

Me and Alexander in Red Square, in front of the Kremlin
Me and Alexander in Red Square, in front of the Kremlin
Igor (in orange) looks after chan_unistim in Asterisk
Igor looks after chan_unistim in Asterisk.

The next day we found time to have a quick walk around Red Square to see the … Continued

The power of ‘Community Squared’ for RTC applications

TKamaillio World Digium Matt Jordanhe second annual Kamailio World recently took place in Berlin. In addition to two full days of case studies, tutorials and ground-breaking technology demonstrations, there were some interesting pre-conference workshops, too. Overall, the conference left many of us with an elevated appreciation of the technologies powering innovative solutions for RTC (Real Time Communications) – and for the many people powering the communities behind both Kamailio and Asterisk.

The marriage of Kamailio and Asterisk as two Open Source communications technologies with power to lend to RTC applications is a very positive one. Kamailio, being a SIP server, is capable Continued

Digium at Kamailio World in Berlin

Kamailio World has just kicked off here in Berlin with a number of pre-conference workshops on this Wednesday afternoon.

The conference-proper agenda begins tomorrow, and our own Matt Jordan will be presenting at 2.30pm – bringing some much anticipated information about Asterisk 12 (especially the new PJ SIP channel) and the way it will work with Kamailio.

The conference draws a crowd of those serious about large-scale resilient SIP-based service provision, and of course there is always a need for the kinds of services that Asterisk can provide, such as media hosting, recording, etc.

Old habits die hard, and a … Continued

Tell us your ASTERISK story; you could get a FREE DIGIUM PHONE

Asterisk community members have some interesting projects – and we not only want to hear more about them, but we want to share them with others, too. 

Submit a video about your Asterisk experience.

It’s no secret that we really love to hear from Asterisk community members, like yourself, especially about what you have been doing with Asterisk, and even about your experiences at AstriCon.
So we thought it might be fun to ask you to send in a video on one (or both) of the above topics. In exchange, you could walk away with a cool, new Digium phone.… Continued