Asterisk finds its way into all corners of the world, and downloads are particularly high in Russia – so it was a real pleasure to go there recently to meet folks from the Russian Asterisk community.
Flying into Moscow in the evening, I was met by Alexander Litnitskiy (community member and Digium authorized Asterisk trainer), who kindly took me to a hotel close to the airport.
The next day we found time to have a quick walk around Red Square to see the Kremlin and Saint Basil’s Cathedral before going to a massive communications trade show that covered a bit of everything, including electrical power supplies for comms rooms, fibre optic jointing technologies, IP telephony and Asterisk – and everything in between!
At the trade show, I was pleased to meet Asterisk community member, Igor Goncharovsky from Omsk, who (amongst other things) is the maintainer of chan_unistim!
I was also able to meet Asterisk community member, Viktor Kononenko, who had recently been in the official Asterisk Advanced class taught by Alexander Litnitskiy.
Next, it was time to drive to Dubna (2-4 hours away, depending on traffic!) where the guys from PBXware.ru had organized the first conference devoted to Asterisk in Russia. We arrived in the evening, and had a Community get-together at a great pizza place, where a number of the folks involved in Asterisk joined us.
The conference started the next day, where I was privileged to be the opening speaker. The focus of the session was to give those in the Russian Asterisk community an update about Asterisk 12, including the new PJ SIP channel, the new bridging model and the new ARI (Asterisk RESTful Interface). I also took the opportunity to talk about the emergence of WebRTC and to do a little demo of browser-to-browser communications using the JsSIP softphone served on the mini webserver in Asterisk – all on my RaspberryPi.
The event was attended by over 70 people, some of whom plan to show up at AstriCon later in the year in Las Vegas! All in all, it was a great event, and I want to give particular thanks to Max and Grig at PBXware.ru for organizing this excellent event, which looks like it will become a regular fixture on the international Asterisk community calendar.