Supporting Ecuador Water Relief: Home of Elastix Hit by Earthquake

Equador Water Relief Effort Elastix Digium


The country of Ecuador is held in special affection by the Asterisk Community, as it is the home of Elastix – the popular Asterisk-based distribution that has been a blessing to so many, but especially in Latin America. Today, Elastix needs the support of the international community as part of a special effort to help Ecuador, following a devastating natural disaster.

Last Saturday, April 16th, 2016, the coastal region of Ecuador was struck by a massive 7.8 earthquake. There are many families affected and the devastation is widespread. The most affected areas include the provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas. … Continued

AstriCon 2016 Heads to Arizona

I am very excited to confirm that AstriCon is all set to run in Glendale, AZ this September 27-29. It’s not our first time in this beautiful location. Those that have been attending AstriCon for a good few years (and there are a select few that have been to every AstriCon since the first one in 2004!) enjoyed this same venue in 2007 and 2008.
Glendale Renaissance (3.5_)For those that have never been to the Renaissance in Glendale, you are in for a treat. It boasts a very high quality accommodation in terms of the guest rooms, conference sessions and the expo … Continued

Asterisk stock prompts

headshot033dots  Guest blogger: Allison Smith, The Voice of Asterisk.

My husband – a geek, but not necessarily of the telco variety – surprised me recently by acquiring his own Raspberry Pi, and he’s spent many gleeful hours experimenting with it. I knew we’d entered some strange territory one evening when I heard “Welcome to Comedian Mail!” emanating from his Android phone in the living room – naturally in my voice.

It got me wondering: “How long ago was that recorded?”

Late last year, I suggested a re-vamping of the Asterisk stock prompts (which I had originally recorded in 2003) – and … Continued

Advantages of Open Source Software for Resellers and Their Customers

The business climate has changed drastically in the last decade. The volatility of current global economic conditions reinforces the need for business owners to save money wherever possible, including making strategic investments in technology solutions with the best ROI (return on investment). Adopting an open source software solution is one way to save businesses a great deal of money.

Making Money with Open Source

Open source is software that can be freely used, changed and shared, in modified or unmodified form, by anyone. Its approach to the design, development and distribution of software offers practical accessibility to a software’s source … Continued

Hosting Service Looks to Asterisk for Customization


“Asterisk is the most customizable telecom framework for PBX systems on the planet,” says Peter Howell of Mecca Hosting in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Mecca Hosting started as a domain name registration company but in January 2001, expanded into a hosting solution. They began using Asterisk in 2002. They needed a platform in which employees could call customers, but without giving employees access to confidential customer information – a need based on the company’s strict privacy policy.

Customized Asterisk Implementation

“We developed our own Low Cost Routing (LCR) system using MySQL and E164 lookups on Asterisk,” Howell explains. “We use a … Continued