Asterisk as Instant Messaging/VoIP platform?


#1

Hi,

Can Asterisk be used to build a carrier grade IM/VoIP platform based on the capabilities of SIP/RTP? When I say carrier grade, I mean, in the same league as Skype, GoogleTalk etc. Has anyone attempted this?

As far as I can tell, Asterisk is quite a scalable system, but is really meant to replace corporate PBX systems and requires an IT admin team to maintain.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Paul


#2

This question comes up here rather regularly. The short answer is yes. The long answer is no, becasue of all the of code re-write to make it possible to support carrier level service.

Click these links for some of the recent discussion.

forums.digium.com/viewtopic.php?t=1449

forums.digium.com/viewtopic.php?t=1508


#3

Thanks dufus, that was the kind of answer I was expecting, but just needed confirmation from someone in the know. I’ll check the links.


#4

As best I know Asterisk does not support IM/Presence today. Would be interesting to know if there are any plans?

As for providing a scalable service you may want to consider using SER (freeworlddialup.com) uses this combo today.

I use Jabber/XMPP in conjunction with Asterisk by using the FastAGI capability among other things.