I mentioned last week how popular the open source telephony system Asterisk was. Unsurprisingly, I'm not the only one to have noticed this, and that the whole sector is booming:
credativ ltd, an independent open source service and support company, today announced the launch of its new Open Source Telephony service, as part of its Open Source Support Centre, which offers 24/7 support.
The new telephony service provides consultancy, specification and implementation of open source based PBX telephony systems using VoIP.
credativ supports a range of tried and tested open source software based platforms including Asterisk, SIP express router, and trixbox to provide all the features currently available from a hard wired PBX. Through open source based PBXs and switching platforms, credativ offers cost effective alternatives to existing telephony and traditional PBX systems.
By installing open source PBX systems with a switching platform such as VoIP, the new consultancy provides businesses with customised phone systems that incorporate new features such as voice mail and teleconferencing, in addition to facilitating least cost routing.
This is noteworthy for two reasons. First, because it provides companies tempted by open source telephony offerings, but unsure quite how to proceed, with another source of advice, and choice is always good. And secondly, it's a sign of a healthy and growing market when a service and support company like credativ thinks that there's enough interest in such products that it can make some money out of it. I'm sure we'll be seeing more entrants here in due course.