Skype for Asterisk Now in Beta

Here at Digium’s Astricon event in Glendale, Ariz., today, the keynote speaker announced Skype For Asterisk to the thunderous applause of a few hundred audience members, probably mostly developers. The move potentially brings together Skype’s 338 million VoIP service users with the tens of millions of users of Asterisk, the IP PBX open development platform.

Stefan Öberg, vice president and general manager for Skype (EBAY) Telecom and Skype for Business and the keynoter at Astricon, an event staged by Asterisk creator and primary developer Digium, unleashed the news.

Skype For Asterisk allows for the integration of Skype functionality into Digium’s Asterisk software and enables customers to make, receive and transfer Skype calls from within their Asterisk phone systems.

Asterisk users, system administrators and developers are invited to apply for the beta program, which will be limited to a selection number of users, developers and integrator, at

“Throughout our individual histories, Skype and Asterisk have each disrupted conventional communication methods through innovative, cost-effective solutions,” said Öberg. “We are excited to be working together with Digium to offer small and mid-sized businesses an even more powerful communications solution to conduct business worldwide.”

Added Danny Windham, CEO of Digium: “Working together with Skype, our goal is to help businesses boost productivity and reap the rewards of feature-rich telephony software, all while saving a substantial amount of money. The Skype For Asterisk beta program is a first step toward adding Skype capabilities to Asterisk-based phone systems and enabling them to reach more than 338 million Skype users.”

The beta version of Skype For Asterisk will enable business users to:

  • Make, receive and transfer Skype calls from within Asterisk phone systems, using existing hardware.
  • Complement existing services with low Skype global rates (as low as 2.1 US¢ per minute to more than 35 countries worldwide).
  • Save money on inbound calling solutions such as free click-to-call from a Web site, as well as receive inbound calling from the PSTN through Skype’s online numbers.
  • Manage Skype calls using Asterisk applications such as call routing, conferencing, phone menus and voice mail.

Following the beta period when the product is released, Skype For Asterisk will be sold and distributed by Digium and its worldwide network of resellers.

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