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Asterisk vs. Switchvox - An Overview

Posted by Randy Kremlacek

Nov 18, 2014 12:11:00 PM

This is the first of our 10-series blog in the subject of Asterisk vs. Switchvox phone systems. Subscribe to our blog to receive an email notification for each one in the series.

Asterisk vs. Switchvox

If you have been around business phone systems very long, you have certainly heard talk of Asterisk. It’s certainly with good reason that people are talking! Asterisk has been revolutionary for developers in the telecom industry. Inevitably, when talking about Asterisk, you have probably also heard talk of Switchvox. This also carries a reputation of dependability and ease for the user and is a product regarded very highly in the telecom world.

When talking about the two, it can get a bit confusing. What is a Digium Asterisk System? What is a Digium Switchvox System? Are they the same thing? Let’s face those questions here and bring clarity to these two respected systems. 

For the purposes of this blog series, we will look at both Asterisk and Digium Switchvox. But before doing that, let’s first define the main difference of the two products.

An Overview of the Primary Differences

Asterisk is a communications engine that transforms commodity computers into powerful communications servers. Asterisk is free and open source PBX software. Digium is the creator and primary sponsor of the Asterisk project. Switchvox, based on Asterisk, is a full-featured, unified communications (UC) business phone system, and is designed for small to mid-sized businesses.

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Topics: Business communications, PBX, Digium, switchvox

What is an Open Source PBX?

Posted by Randy Kremlacek

Nov 7, 2014 8:01:00 AM

This is the first of our 10-series blog in the subject of Asterisk vs. Switchvox phone systems. Subscribe to our blog to receive an email notification for each one in the series.

 

To understand open source telephone systems, one must first understand the concept of open source software.

What is Open Source Software?

Open_Source_PBX_ImageOpen source software (OSS) is software developed and improved through public collaboration and must be shared openly with others.  Thus, it can be improved by anyone, unlike proprietary software that is inaccessible to anyone other than the owner of the code.  

 

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Topics: Telephone system

Nortel Phone Systems End of Life

Posted by Randy Kremlacek

Oct 31, 2014 10:24:00 AM

Nortel Phone Systems Dying Out

In 2009, Avaya acquired Nortel assets.  Nortel going out of business left customers stranded regarding the business phone system they own.  It has become increasingly difficult for Teledynamic to find replacement parts and qualified technicians (most of them are now retired).

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Topics: PBX, Telephone system, Premise PBX Competitors, Virtual PBX Competitors

End of Life for 3Com NBX

Posted by Randy Kremlacek

Oct 28, 2014 11:41:00 AM

Owning and operating a business is full of important decisions. Unfortunately, sometimes the overload of decisions can tempt us to stick our heads in the sand.  "If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies to owners of 3Com NBX phone systems. Many businesses are still using an outdated 3Com NBX as their business phone system. The NBX has proven to be a reliable and well-engineered product, especially considering its ground-breaking nature.  However, this technology and the company who sold it, are now part of high tech history.

HP purchased 3Com in November 2009 and stopped offering support for the NBX in July 2012. Those still using the system rely solely on the expertise of their local NBX reseller to provide spare parts and continued support. So, organizations who continue to utilize an NBX are in a very nebulous situation. 

 

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Topics: PBX, Telephone system, Premise PBX Competitors, Virtual PBX Competitors

Shoretel - The Final Act After 16 Years of Losing Money

Posted by Randy Kremlacek

Oct 23, 2014 9:11:00 AM

On Monday, October 20th, 2014 Mitel made public an offer to buy phone systems maker Shoretel at $8.10 per share, a 24% premium over Shoretel’s stock price.  This followed several attempts to engage with the Shoretel Board of Directors earlier to discuss a buyout, but was met with a firm refusal from Shoretel.  Mitel’s offer has a deadline of November 20th, 2014.

Shoretel’s response to date has been, “Shoretel today confirmed that it has received an unsolicited proposal from Mitel to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the Company for $8.10 per share in cash.”  This has been the sum total of Shoretel’s public communications about the offer.

 Why Does Mitel want to buy Shoretel?

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Topics: Premise PBX Competitors

Hero or Playing Catch Up? Comments on AT&T and Verizon's Investments

Posted by Randy Kremlacek

Sep 26, 2014 10:30:00 AM

I recently read an article talking about how AT&T and Verizon had topped U.S. companies in annual investments on equipment. This article praised these companies for their investment and the stimulus they have provided the economy. The cited report even went so far as to call them “heroes”.

Read the original article here.

As I was reading the report and article, I had a few comments that I thought I would share with you.

Reasons for Massive Investments 

It is true that AT&T and Verizon have made huge investments in their Internet and wireless infrastructure over the past couple of years and will continue to do so.   

There are three reasons for these massive investments: 

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Topics: voip, Telecommunication

Who is the Best SIP Trunk Provider?

Posted by Randy Kremlacek

Sep 11, 2014 3:00:00 PM

This is the final installation of 12 blogs on the subject of SIP trunks. Subscribe in the box to the right to receive an email notification for each one in the series.

Click here to read the previous blog in this series.

 Like most things in life, what appears to be simple on the surface is, in fact, complicated underneath. Yes, there is a lot of technology involved in SIP trunking. But that's no different than any other current technology. Your provider's job is to create a smooth transition. 

Why Choosing the Right SIP Trunk Supplier is so important 

Only the exceedingly brave or very knowledgeable customer should tackle a SIP trunk conversion without professional assistance. A quality SIP trunk provider can make the conversion process seem simple and deliver a quality implementation with little or no negative impact upon your business. 

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Topics: SIP Trunking, Internet Circuits

SIP Trunking Implementation Process

Posted by Randy Kremlacek

Sep 9, 2014 3:00:00 PM

This is our 11th of 12 blogs on the subject of SIP trunks. Subscribe in the box to the right to receive an email notification for each one in the series.

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Local Number Porting (LNP)

Most customers wish to retain some or all of their telephone numbers as they move to SIP trunking. This process is called "porting". Your new provider contacts the old provider and they work with a neutral third party (NPAC) to coordinate the change. 

Telephone Numbers

You must submit all of the telephone numbers you wish to port to your new carrier. You will only want to port numbers that are published. Unused DID's or numbers that are part of a hunt group do not need to be ported. Remember, you are paying for every number you port.

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Topics: SIP Trunking

SIP Trunking Setup Costs

Posted by Randy Kremlacek

Sep 5, 2014 2:00:00 PM

This is our 10th of 12 blogs on the subject of SIP trunks. Subscribe in the box to the right to receive an email notification for each one in the series.

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Set Up Fees

This can vary by SIP Trunking provider. Some providers charge a setup fee while others recover their setup costs over time by charging higher monthly fees. If the provider charges a set-up fee, expect fees in the range of $50 to $250

411 Directory Listing

When you set up your phone numbers, you're required by law to notify all the phone directory services of the change. This is so that your white and yellow page information is accurate. Your provider should charge between $10 and $50. 

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Topics: SIP Trunking

SIP Trunks: Leaving the Phone Company: What about my other analog devices?

Posted by Randy Kremlacek

Sep 3, 2014 1:30:00 PM

This is our 9th of 12 blogs on the subject of SIP trunks. Subscribe in the box to the right to receive an email notification for each one in the series.

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Leaving the Phone Company: What about my Other Analog Devices? 

SIP trunking cannot be used to replace analog lines that are being used for your fax machine, alarm company connection and credit card machine. Fortunately, the Internet provides alternative solutions for these devices also

Fax:

You have two options here:

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Topics: SIP Trunking

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