I am very new to Asterisk. So please excuse me for my Novice talk if it looks like one.
There are many manufacturers like PANASONIC, AVAYA, CISCO, SIEMENS, MATRIXCOMSEC, NEC, etc available who have their own solutions for PBX and also supports scalability and diversity in terms of different interfaces like ISDN(PRI,BRI); VoIP; GSM; FXS; FXO; Radio ; E&M; Magneto; Fibre PRI, etc. They have invested heavily in developing the software.
Now the question that strikes me is why can’t they use Asterisk as their base software and use their boxes with Asterisk. This way they will get the benefit of Asterisk capabilities and also their own HW with all the possible interfaces will be available to users. 8) 8)
Asterisk in a way of solution is more of a soft-switch and not much interfaces are there. Yes i agree it do support ISDN,FXS,FXO and may be GSM but again the scalability quotient is not that impressive. Generally people buy another VoIP-Gateway for their required Interface. :mrgreen:
Can somebody please comment on this? Also, what can be the reasons stopping these manufacturers from exploring this path ? Asterisk do has the capabilities of routing call to any interface, right? Looking forward to many interested fellas reply on this.