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Aculab Announces Support for Digium Asterisk Business Edition

MILTON KEYNES, UK AND HUNTSVILLE, AL — (October 12, 2005) — Aculab has today announced that Prosody PCI, their media processing resource card will be verified to work with Digium’s Asterisk Business Edition, the professional-grade version of the Digium Asterisk open-source PBX. With the agreement, Aculab and Digium will ensure Prosody PCI will continue to complement future versions of Asterisk Business Edition, based on Digium’s Interoperability Test Suite.

Digium, the creator of Asterisk and pioneer in open source telephony, created Business Edition to provide enterprises with a regression-tested version of Asterisk, warranted and backed by Digium Technical Support. Under Digium’s Interoperability Certification Program, complimentary products such as Prosody PCI are verified to assure that supported features work well with Asterisk Business Edition. “Asterisk supports a full spectrum of hardware from several different vendors,” says Jim Webster, Director of Software Technologies for Digium, Inc. “We welcome Aculab into our Interoperability program, and believe their products will present our customers with expanded offerings for more demanding applications.”

Developers looking to use the Linux-based Asterisk software to create communications solutions such as PBXs and IVRs, need a wide range of telephony interfaces and media processing resources. Developers deploying a Digium Asterisk PBX powered by Aculab’s Prosody PCI can do so with confidence, knowing that Prosody PCI has been tested and proven to be a highly stable and reliable product.

“Aculab has been monitoring the progression and success of Asterisk with great interest, so the decision to support Asterisk wasn’t hard to make” said Faye McClenahan, Head of Strategic Marketing. “We are very pleased to include Digium as one of our partners and provide further options to our customer base through our support of Asterisk Business Edition.”

Prosody PCI benefits from Aculab’s extensive range of protocols and host independent approvals. This opens up the doors for solution providers, who can now deploy Asterisk Business Edition PBXs around the globe. In addition, because Aculab has gained many host independent approvals, the system does may not need to gain further approval in order to connect to a network.

Each Prosody PCI card can support up to four E1 or T1 trunks and offers up to 128 channels of media processing. The terminations are configured for E1 or T1 under software control, and can run a wide range of protocols including SS7. Prosody offloads DTMF detection and call bridging from the host when used with Digium’s Asterisk. Prosody provides a further rich set of media capabilities through on-board DSPs, such as echo cancellation, conferencing, fax, and speech recognition which could be enabled under Asterisk. The Prosody drivers for Asterisk are available cost-free in source code form, from Aculab’s website (www.aculab.com) via the software downloads page, and will be included in Digium’s Asterisk Business Edition.

About Aculab
Aculab enables developers and systems integrators to produce a variety of high performance communications solutions. Aculab’s portfolio offers an exceptional mix of capabilities that are easy to integrate and bring real value – reduced costs, increased customer satisfaction and competitive advantage. A complete range of open standards building block technologies for use within telco or enterprise environments, as well as essential support services, are offered. Products include media resources, digital network access, VoIP, fax, speech processing and conferencing. Support is available to help developers through each stage of their product’s life cycle including pre-sales consultancy, technical support, training and marketing.

Aculab’s head office is located in Milton Keynes, UK with offices in the USA, Germany and Australia.

About Digium
Digium is the 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 solutions reduce the costs of traditional TDM and VoIP implementations through open source, standards-based software and innovative hardware solutions, including legacy PBX, IVR, auto attendant, and next generation gateways, media servers, and application servers. Digium hardware supports traditional voice and data protocols, and packet protocols such as IAX (Inter-Asterisk eXchange), and SIP VoIP.

Digium provides a highly refined selection of quality hardware and software products, developed and implemented using innovative engineering techniques (primarily open source development). A full range of professional services complement these product lines, including consulting, technical support, and customer software development services. The open source communications revolution is here, and Digium is leading the way.

About Asterisk
Code for Asterisk, originally written by Mark Spencer of Digium Inc., has been contributed 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. It also supports US and European standard signaling types used in standard business phone systems, allowing it to bridge between next-generation voice-data integrated networks and existing infrastructure. Using the IAX Voice over IP protocol, Asterisk merges voice and data traffic seamlessly across disparate networks. Asterisk is available as open source under the GPL, and from Digium in the professional Asterisk Business Edition package, or under commercial license terms.

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

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Jo Taylor
Aculab
44-1908-273-843
jo.taylor@aculab.com

Rick Segrest
Digium, Inc.
256-428-6200
rsegrest@digium.com

Janine Savarese
MRB Public Relations
732-758-1100 Ext. 103
jsavarese@mrb-pr.com

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