Planning for AstriCon 2012 gets underway

Registrations for this year’s AstriCon are now being accepted, with Asterisk creator Digium announcing the 9th running of the event is to take place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in October.

The annual Asterisk Open Source Conference and Exhibition will be at the Sheraton hotel in the city this year, and many UK professionals working in IP telephony and business VoIP in particular are likely to be in attendance.

The event is still being planned at the moment, with no firm announcement as to who the speakers will be. Anyone wanting to suggest what is up for discussion can forward their suggestions to Digium right now, whilst they are also inviting anyone interested in speaking to apply.

With the popularity of Asterisk, there are likely to be many candidates for the roles.

The software solution is downloaded nearly two million times annually, and is already the most popular open source platform used for building business phone systems.

Used in more than 170 countries, attendees are likely to come from across the globe, which will make the event a wonderful opportunity to network with professionals in the same field.

The EXPO will see over 40 companies present their latest hardware and solutions to the world, with the likes of Aastra, Grandstream, OpenVox and Snom exhibiting.

Having just recently launched Asterisk 10, it is unclear whether the event will be used to announce any dot releases, but Digium’s community director Bryan M. Johns was clear about the company’s ambitious growth plans, as he said:

“Digium continues to devote substantial resources to the development of both the Asterisk project and hardware that more tightly integrates with Asterisk, such as the new VoIP gateways, R-series failover appliance and Digium Phones.”

As such, a new product launch could well be on the horizon, which could even go up against the recently released netTALK low-cost wireless VoIP phone which hit US shelves this week.