Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Third Annual AstriCon U.S. to be held October 24-27

Third Annual AstriCon U.S. to be held October 24-27 in Dallas, Texas; Event Will Provide an Open Educational Forum for the Asterisk Community
AstriCon U.S.

Sokol & Associates, a provider of Asterisk(TM) based products and services, and Digium(R), the creator of Asterisk and pioneer of open source telephony, will be hosting the 2006 Fall AstriCon conference from October 24-27, 2006 at the Westin Park Central Hotel in Dallas, Texas. AstriCon, the official conference of Asterisk, the industry's first open source PBX, includes a series of tutorials, a trade show, a user conference and a developer summit.

Asterisk is used by over 1/2 million users world-wide to address a variety of different business- and carrier-class, Linux-based PBX needs. As the third AstriCon to be held in the United States, conference segments have been updated to address the most current Asterisk issues. Topics will discuss the latest changes to Asterisk, clustering, high availability, and more and will address audiences varying from beginner to advanced users and developers.

"This year's AstriCon conference in Dallas marks the conference's third anniversary, which we view to be a success for the open source industry," said Mark Spencer, creator of Asterisk and founder of Digium. "In the last three years, Asterisk has gained tremendous notoriety and we've seen our community and business growth explode. We are looking forward to celebrating many milestones at this year's conference."

Mark Spencer will be giving a keynote address entitled "Asterisk: World Domination in 5 Easy Steps." Mark created Asterisk in 1999 when he launched Linux Support Services (now Digium). He is the main contributor to Asterisk and the Digium hardware that supports Asterisk in connections to the PSTN.

"We anticipate the largest AstriCon turnout yet this Fall," said Steven Sokol, president of Sokol & Associates, the meeting organizer. "Attendees are guaranteed great learning and networking possibilities"

For more information on speaking and/or exhibiting, or to register for AstriCon, please visit http://www.astricon.net.

About Digium

Digium is the original 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 provides quality hardware and software products that enable telephony applications including legacy PBX, IVR, auto attendant, next generation gateways, media servers and application servers. Digium also offers a full range of professional services including consulting, technical support and custom software development services. Additional information can be found at www.digium.com.

About Asterisk

Code for Asterisk, originally written by Mark Spencer of Digium Inc., has been contributed to 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, and VoIP packet protocols such as IAX, SIP and H.323. It supports US and European standard signaling types used in business phone systems, allowing it to bridge between next-generation voice-data integrated networks and existing infrastructure.

About Sokol & Associates

Sokol & Associates is a provider of Asterisk(TM) based products and services. The company offers training, consulting, custom development and a range of products to improve communication. Sokol & Associates is the primary organizer of all AstriCon conferences. Additional information can be found at www.sokol-associates.com.

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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