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How Big is the Asterisk Market, Really?

Asterisk is hot, no doubt.  But how hot?  Recently I’ve been trying to wrap my head around useful Asterisk statistics in order to figure this question out.  However, I can’t find any analyst reports, or other market research that gives a definitive answer on how quickly they’re growing, and their current and forecasted market share. So, in the interests of figuring this out, I’ll share what I know, and in return, if you know something I don’t, either add it as a comment to this thread, or email it to me.  Perhaps we can figure it out together.

Here’s what I know:

Momentum: in January 2004, Mark Spencer reported 20,000 Asterisk installations globally.  In June 2005, he was saying 200,000.  In January of 2006 he said "over 250,000". 

Usage: On Sunday, I was chatting with Jeff Pulver. He told me that, right then, well over half of his FWD users online were using Asterisk.

Ecosystem: VoIP-info lists probably 200 companies who today will ship turnkey Asterisk solutions to customers — hardware, software and phones.  VoIP-info also lists many more consultants who will help you with an Asterisk system. 

Partners: There have been some prominent startups using Asterisk, such as Fonality.  Less visible, but probably more important, are Intel (working with Digium on incorporating drivers for their Dialogic products into Asterisk), Linksys (their new SME PBX, the SPA9000 uses Asterisk), and IBM (developing a fault tolerant Asterisk).

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Dudi Feuer February 22, 2006, 2:57 pm

    Alec – from where did you see that the SPA-9000 was based on Asterisk? Just curious…

  • Alec February 22, 2006, 5:57 pm

    Hi Dudi —

    This Voxilla article: http://voxilla.com/name-News-article-sid-173.html

    It says that there is a special version of asterisk for use with the SPA-9000

  • angie March 5, 2006, 10:34 pm

    is there any further sharing regarding the market study on Asterisk?? kindly email to me if any of you manage to find the relevant info. Thanks.

  • sukhvinder singh July 15, 2011, 2:22 am

    hi guys,

    i m a software developer from India, working on Asterisk, Linux platform..
    asterisk market in India is increasing day by day..
    even i have worked on many Asterisk related projects in my company.. like IVRS, CONFERENCING SYSTEM, DIALERS and many more….

  • Saad October 26, 2011, 8:55 am

    Hi , iam a java developer aboute to start working in asterisk , just was curious am i signing on a sinking ship ?? or after 1-2 years there would still be a job market for asterisk developers??!!!

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