Typically, when vendors release the latest version of their product, it costs the customer slightly more than the previous year’s model because of the improvements made to make that product better. As customers, we may be inclined to give in because we want those extra features of the new model. This is evident in the automotive industry and with mobile phone vendors, for example.
On the other hand, some vendors will reduce the feature set of their new model to keep costs low. But what good is that if the customer gets less features in return for the same price? Especially when the price of technology goes down with time, vendors should be able to put that extra savings into delivering more value for the customer.
At Sangoma, we thrive on delivering value-based products, and we are doing it again with the new PBXact 1200 and FreePBX 1200 phone system appliances. The new appliances can support up to 1200 users and can handle up to 350 concurrent calls. They are replacements for our PBXact 1000 and FreePBX 1000 systems, which handle 1000 users and up to 300 concurrent calls. With the new appliances, all the end user features are the same as previous models, allowing you to get more value with the additional capacity. And we also include dual PSU with every appliance at no extra cost!
The new models are being introduced with the same price as the existing PBXact 1000 and FreePBX 1000 models of US$7295 and US$5995, respectively. So, while vendors may be upping their price tags or reducing their features to keep costs down, Sangoma is delivering more value to its customers, without taking more out of your pocket. You now get 200 more users per system, 50 more concurrent calls, dual PSU, and the latest hardware. Now, that’s true value.
The new PBXact 1200 and FreePBX 1200 appliances are available for purchase today, February 1, from our worldwide network of authorized partners. For more information on the new appliances, check out our website.
It’s not just that Fort Lauderdale, FL, is a rather nice place to go at this time of year… No, we have some amazing sessions for you at Asterisk World 2019 too! And it’s right around the corner: January 30 – February 1.
WE HAVE ADDED A WORKSHOP!
Preston McNair from the FreePBX project will be hosting a new workshop on Tuesday, January 29, called Go To Market Strategies for Asterisk and FreePBX. So, if you would like to improve your Asterisk/FreePBX-based business, explore further revenue opportunities, optimize your margins, etc., be sure to register NOW.
In addition to this exciting news, we have a good number of relevant sessions from a great collection of speakers over the main 3 days of the conference (Wednesday-Friday).
Subjects like AI, chatbots, contact center, scaling and securing Asterisk, looking at the HaaS model, IVR optimization, and winning government contracts with your offerings will all be addressed in 9 outstanding sessions.
If you are new to Asterisk, I will personally be running a collection of sessions just for you on Wednesday, January 30.
You really don’t want to miss this excellent opportunity to soak up some goodness from Sangoma/Digium and a very nice collection of great people all wanting to share their expert stories and experience!
You can see the details on this schedule.
And if that was not enough, we will be co-located with IT EXPO, so there will be plenty of other sessions to attend and exhibitors to visit so that you can make the most of your business in this exciting new year.
See you in Fort Lauderdale.
New Releases of Both Asterisk and FreePBX Software Announced
AstriCon, ORLANDO, Fla., October 9, 2018 – Sangoma Technologies Corporation (TSX VENTURE: STC), a trusted leader in value-based Unified Communications (UC) and UC as a Service (UCaaS) solutions and the world’s largest provider of open source communications solutions, today at the annual AstriCon users and developers conference, announced Asterisk 16 and FreePBX 15, the next major releases of the world’s two most popular open source communications projects.
“On behalf of all the employees of Sangoma and Digium, I would like to welcome the global community of open source communication developers to AstriCon,” said Bill Wignall, President and CEO of Sangoma. “It is clearly the premier event in the world today for this part of our industry, with attendance approaching 1,000 people, dozens of speaking sessions from amongst hundreds of submitted abstracts, and a full exhibitor floor. I’m very excited about this year’s event, and as we work hard at bringing our two companies together, I’d like to take this opportunity to assure the community of our commitment to these critical open source projects that mean so much to the communications world. I hope that today’s major releases of both Asterisk 16 and FreePBX 15 demonstrate that we are already actively delivering even more innovation that will further enhance the missions of the two projects and their value to the communities.”
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Great news for Digium D Series phone owners. Sangoma is pleased to announce that the latest Edge release of FreePBX EndPoint Manager (EPM)
now support the Digium D Series phones free of charge. In the past you would need to purchase a commercial module license to use Digium phones with EPM and PhoneApps as a 3rd party phone, but now that Digium is part of the Sangoma family we want to save you money!
Currently this includes the following D Series Digium phones: D40/45, D50, D70 and all D6X. As of this release the D80 is not supported in FreePBX or PBXact, but we are working on getting that done ASAP for all of our users.
The following versions of EPM and PhoneApps are the minimum version you need to be using to have Digium phone support unlocked for free.
- FreePBX or PBXact 14 EndPoint Version 126.96.36.199 or greater
- FreePBX or PBXact 13 EndPoint v188.8.131.52 or greater
- FreePBX or PBXact 13 or 14 Restapps 184.108.40.206 or greater
Stay tuned here for more updates, and welcome to the new Sangoma!
With Sangoma now the primary developer and sponsor of the world’s two most widely used open source communication software programs (Asterisk and FreePBX), I find myself working for the largest open source communications company in the world! And with AstriCon
two weeks away, this is a good time to reflect on that journey.
I’m not sure I saw this coming, especially coming from the UNIX System V world where I saw Linux totally supplant what we had built there. And when I went to Dialogic from that world, I latched onto Linux drivers immediately for my products. This had the effect of showing me both sides of the disruption in the UNIX/Linux atmosphere. Ultimately Linux ended up being better for the customers, and the industry, and it’s now in more places than UNIX could have ever imagined.
Here at Sangoma, with Asterisk and FreePBX, the disruption caused by those products is somewhat mature. It has changed the industry, but there is still more to do. Voice obviously isn’t as central to enterprise communications as it used to be, but it is still important. And Asterisk is still an open source communications platform, so it is still there for creative minded people to build on. This has led to our growth as a company, and will be part of our continued growth.
Now that Sangoma is at the helm of both of these products, we are still getting questions about whether Asterisk and FreePBX will merge. Before I answer that question, I want to make a point that we at Sangoma take the “stewardship” of these open source platforms seriously. We’re not going to do anything rash. Both Asterisk and FreePBX will continue. They serve two different purposes. Asterisk is a development platform for many different kinds of communication solutions. The most widely known of course is a PBX, with FreePBX being an example of a such a PBX. FreePBX is built on Asterisk, so they don’t compete at all. They are complementary and have always been complementary.
Yes, developer teams can share ideas and new features as applicable given a PBX is an important result of Asterisk, but that doesn’t mean they’ll merge.
Join Sangoma at AstriCon to hear more about it!