[Asterisk-Dev] Anyone interested in sharing PRI/T1 capacity in US (Virginia)?
jkunkel at laurcat.com
Sun Mar 30 16:45:13 MST 2003
I have a client who could use some IVR ports. Consumers would call an 800 number that would give them about 20 seconds of information based on ANI or manually entered phone number. There would be a practical max of 4,000 calls per day. Opening volume would be around 200 - 300 per day. At launch, we would probably need 8 trunks. We would then add and adjust as we added client sites to the system.
The IVR server would need to have a database that we could update on a realtime basis. We could do that via (1) a web server and http 'gets' or (2) an ODBC connection or maybe something else.
Are you a 'Microsoft only' shop? All of our current sites and databases are linux based. Our favorite database, postgreSQL can compile and run on Windows, according to the pros, but I've never done it.
If this works out, we believe there is a HUGE market, assuming it's easy to get voice files (prompts) and IVR scripts installed and changed.
FYI, you usually get 100 DID numbers free with a PRI. That doesn't matter to us, since we will be 800-based, therefore not requiring local dial tone.
Let me hear from you.
LAURCAT Technology Company
Houston TX 77015
----- Original Message -----
From: Steve Radich
To: asterisk-dev at lists.digium.com
Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2003 7:28 PM
Subject: Re: [Asterisk-Dev] Anyone interested in sharing PRI/T1 capacity in US (Virginia)?
I got quite a few responses; I'm going to just reply to the list for now as I'll be quite busy until about mid next week.
Our business in colo (really managed NT web servers more than colo) so this is outside the scope of what we do "officially". I'm open to either doing this on an informal relationship with some kind of term commitment from the partners (as we'll need to sign term commits on any capacity of lines, being 24 to a T1 and that's more than we need ourselves) or a more formal business relationship (i.e. profitable and support as well as SLA instead of an informal relationship, but support is probably better left to Digium than BitShop for Asterisk today).
I'm open to suggestions from anyone on how to do this. It looks like our costs come out to around $15/month per line if I'm not mistaken + cost of minutes. Bandwidth charges are probably not measurable amount. I don't have quotes yet on DID (?) numbers which I assume people will need instead of dialing into our number <grin>. I also don't fully understand how local calls work - do you pay per minute like long distance - One of our needs is local for cell phones?
I see this as more a grass-roots effort to help the Asterisk community more than a profit center; eventually we may want to turn this into profit for end users (otherwise we'd go broke if we didn't think about profits from time to time).
If anyone interested in this has some time to bring me up to speed on what the various T1/PRI differences are, and what kind of services we need to ask the phone company for a quote on I'm open to their feedback - I haven't had time yet to figure out exactly what we need in order to get a quote. If someone has an idea of who to talk to in order to order a voice T1 please let me know. I know AT&T, Deutsche Telecom, France Telecom, Japan Telecom, Qwest, RCN, SBC, SingTel (Singapore Telecom), Sprint, Teleglobe, Verizon, Ameritech, Cavalier Telecom, Cambrian Communications, Dominion Telecom, Dynegy, Global Crossing, Pacific Bell, Time Warner Telecom, Williams are all on-net in the facility our data center is in, I don't know if they offer voice here though and don't have contacts at most of these. As you can guess from this list of some of the vendors in our data center we're in a huge mega-colocation facility on the east coast.
Probably what would work best is meeting either online via IRC / AIM or just talking on the phone to go over this. If everyone wants to set a time I can sign into the Asterisk IRC room to discuss this one night this coming week - Maybe Thursday around 9pm EST (Just a suggestion, whenever is fine really).
Steve Radich - Colocation / Virtual Dedicated / Dedicated Servers
BitShop, Inc. - http://www.bitshop.com - $149/month colo special
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