Open Source: A New IP-PBX Option

May 2004
Business Communications Review;May2004, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p36
Trade Publication
In a one-two punch at the traditional business model for Private Branch Exchange (PBX) equipment, Pingtel Corp. recently announced plans to open source its SIPexchange Internet protocol-PBX and instant xpressa softphone, and joined with two other Session Initiation Protocol communities to form SIPfoundry, a non-profit organization pledged to the promotion and advancement of SIP-related open source projects. The company intends to change the competitive dynamics by commoditizing a key infrastructure component: The SIP call manager. By offering standards-based alternatives built from open source code, the company hopes to create opportunities for new vendors, including it. But there is a lot more to winning customers than giving away software. What else will it take for open source IP-PBXs to become a credible challenge to enterprise telephony incumbents like Avaya, Cisco and Nortel? This article concluded that open source software alone would not end the PBX market, as we know it. SIP-based open source Voice over Internet Protocol could foster valuable new applications and grab market share from today's industry leaders.


Related Articles

  • Open source IP PBXs make strides, have far to go. Greene, Tim // Network World;11/21/2005, Vol. 22 Issue 46, p16 

    This article reports that purveyors of inexpensive open source IP PBX are upgrading their software to include better integration with traditional circuit-switched phone networks, which could encourage larger deployments. The two notable open source IP PBX platforms, Asterisk and sipX, were...

  • Internet Telephony show focuses on open source. Greene, Tim; Hochmuth, Phil // Network World;1/23/2006, Vol. 23 Issue 3, p8 

    The article reports on the presentation of numerous open source voice over Internet phone (VoIP) gear in the 2006 Internet Telephony East Conference and Expo which will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in January 2006. This conference, which is one of the largest trade shows promoting VoIP,...

  • Easy Management Makes ShoreTel PBX a Delight. Rash, Wayne // InfoWorld;1/9/2006, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p36 

    The article evaluates the ShoreTel 6 collection of IP PBX products and offers information on its components, operation and installation.

  • Advanced Branch Exchange.  // Network Dictionary;2007, p27 

    A definition of the term "Advanced Branch Exchange" is presented. It refers to an uncommon private branch exchange (PBX) that has advanced features. They include the ability to manage both voice and data.

  • Advanced Voice Busyout.  // Network Dictionary;2007, p29 

    A definition of the term "Advanced Voice Busyout" (AVBO) is presented. It refers to a local voice busy-out included in a private branch exchange (PBC) of other Customer Premises Equipment (CPE). It has various features including monitoring of links to remote, IP-addressable interfaces for Voice...

  • Tie-Line Trunk.  // Network Dictionary;2007, p487 

    A definition of the term "Tie-Line Trunk" is presented. It is a private branch exchange (PBX) that is tied to a line, which leads to a remote PBX. A tie-line trunk is typically used for private telephone networks, although the tie-line connection often is carried on telecommunication-provided lines.

  • VoIP: more survivable than legacy PBX. Tolly, Kevin // Network World;12/19/2005, Vol. 22 Issue 50, p20 

    The article reports that voice over Internet protocol is more survivable and reliable than legacy private business eXchange (PBX). Each element of the legacy PBX system was tightly controlled by the system vendor. The proprietary PBX code is the base of a proprietary operating system running on...

  • Rise of pure and hybrid PBX to spell the end for traditional TDM PBX. Walton, Christopher // MicroScope;2/5/2007, p16 

    The article focuses on the forecasted growth of the total global market for pure and hybrid telephone private branch exchanges (PBX) in 2011 according to research conducted by Dell'Oro. Ninety percent of the projected growth would come from replacement lines. It cites the factors that will drive...

  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Your Connection to the World. Wallace, Michael; Webber, Lawrence // Disaster Recovery Handbook;2004, p163 

    Chapter 8 of the book "Disaster Recovery Handbook: A Step-by-Step Plan to Ensure Business Continuity and Protect Vital Operations, Facilities and Assets" is presented. It focuses on the telephone systems and importance of telecommunication in business recovery plan during emergency. It explores...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics