ASTERISK PBX SYSTEMS
Asterisk is the software-based PBX system, it is an open source exchange server. It was
developed by Mark Spencer in 1999. Asterisk can turn an ordinary computer into a
It is used by every type of business whether it is big or small, in
any sector like customer centers educational institutes, government officials worldwide.
There are millions of Asterisk PBX systems deployed around the globe. It is the software
based solution of the Legacy PBX systems with more rich features like
4. conference calling
5. IVR menu, parking and paging etc.
It permits user to call each other on same technology and also with other telephone systems
such as Public switched telephone network (PSTN), GSM and Voice over internet protocol
Asterisk is compatible with Linux Operating system and can also be installed on a virtual
environment on Microsoft Windows with the help of VMWare.
Asterisk is more compatible and easier to setup and configure than other VoIP PBX solutions, it
can be setup with low cost and have large scalability factor because it is compatible with all
hardware like Linksys, grand stream, Obi and different technologies.
It is easy and quick to configure with the facility of GUI rather than writing command lines in
CLI mode. GUI provides a user-friendly environment with some technical knowledge. Asterisk
works with VoIP technology but it can be integrated with PSTN and GSM and can also work
with the Legacy Hardware like Analog Phones and Analog PBX’s with the help of
Gateways which lowers the scalability cost in any business environment. It also provides
mobility to the users with softphone android applications as Smartphones are very
common, so user can be connected anywhere with the office IP PBX.