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Digium Announces Partner Program for Growing Asterisk Ecosystem: Polycom and Aculab Among Founding Members

HUNTSVILLE, AL — (October 12, 2005) — Digium Inc., the creator of Asterisk and pioneer of open source telephony, today announced its Digium Asterisk Partner Program in response to the growing ecosystem of Asterisk and the demand for open source-based telephony platforms. The Digium/Asterisk Partner Program includes two different types of partnerships: Asterisk Solution Partners and Asterisk Interoperability Partners, each available at two different levels.

“The Digium Partner Program is a way to leverage the synergies within the Asterisk community,” said Rick Segrest, Marketing Manager at Digium. “Working with our partners to combine resources will help us all showcase the wide-range of applications in telecommunications from SMB to enterprise in various industries.”

A partial list of Digium Partners include:
Aculab — Network and communications hardware
Aheeva — Contact center solutions
Cepstral — Audio, telephony, assistive, embedded
Empirix — VoIP test solutions & VoIP test equipment
Fonality — Turnkey PBX systems with GUI
IPSando — The IP communications company
Polycom, Inc. — IP office and conference phones
Ranch Networks — IP PBX phone systems for SMBs
Switchvox — IP PBX phone systems for SMBs
Tello — Business integration software
VoIP Reach — VoIP vendor solution, consulting & administration, termination & origination, e411 directory assistance
Vonik — Virtual PBX

Digium Partners will be listed and promoted on the partner section of the Digium website. Digium’s internal sales team will recommend and promote Partners’ products for current and future customer referrals. The program participants will also have the right to use Digium and Asterisk logos on company websites and literature. Companies will be listed in the Asterisk Directory on the Digium Partner website by one or more of the following major categories: Hardware Products, Software and Reference Products, and Services. This site will provide a way for current Asterisk users to find the Asterisk-based solution that best suits their needs.

The Interoperability Partner type is available to companies whose technology complements Asterisk-based solutions. Unique benefits for Interoperability Partners include up to 24 hours of testing towards verifying interoperability with Asterisk Business Edition and access to the Digium’s Asterisk Interoperability Certification program.

Digium Premier Partners (both Solutions and Interoperability) will have the option to have products certified by Digium, as well as participate in joint marketing campaigns including flyer inserts in Digium products and email marketing campaigns. Digium Premier Partners will be prominently featured in the Asterisk Directory, and have access to discounts and/or rebate programs on Digium hardware, software and services.

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Additional information on The Digium Partner Program including benefits and requirements can be found at www.digium.com.

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.

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

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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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