Monday, May 09, 2005

Mark Spencer: The Linus Torvalds of IP-PBX?

Mark Evans
Financial Post



Who is Mark Spencer and why should the large telecom equipment-makers be worried about him?
Although little-known, Mr. Spencer has developed open-source software called Asterisk that lets businesses install telephone switches that are much less expensive than systems sold by suppliers such as Alcatel SA, Nortel Networks Corp. and Avaya Inc.
The market for this equipment, known within the telecom industry as PBXs, is worth about US$13-billion a year. It is expected to climb to US$30-billion by 2009 as companies look to purchase new PBXs that take advantage of Internet-based networks.

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