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Fonality Expands trixbox Team, Hires Open Source Telephony Expert and Industry Author

Author: Matt Riddell
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Kerry Garrison Joins Fonality as Senior Product Manager for trixbox Project:

LOS ANGELES - November 20, 2006 - Fonality®, a leader in open source Asterisk®-based IP telephony systems, today announced that Asterisk and trixbox® expert, Kerry Garrison, has joined the company as senior product manager for trixbox. Garrison has spent more than 20 years in the information technology industry and is an authority on Asterisk and telephony systems. He recently authored “TrixBox Made Easy,” a step-by-step guide to installing and running your home and office VoIP system. At Fonality, Garrison will be responsible for the advancement of the trixbox application and trixbox community infrastructure.

“Kerry is a huge addition to our trixbox project. He represents the trixbox community and will insure that the Asterisk ecosystem has an open, stable and easy to use application platform on which to build their businesses,” said Chris Lyman, founder and CEO of Fonality. “I’m very pleased to have him as a part of our organization, and his hire shows our continued commitment to supporting the trixbox project.”
“Kerry is a well-respected Asterisk expert and well-known within the trixbox community. His background brings real-world knowledge of the Asterisk market to the trixbox team,” said Andrew Gillis, founder of trixbox and director of community development at Fonality. “His insider knowledge and technical understanding will help with our goal of making trixbox the number one application platform for open source telephony.”

Garrison has spent more than two decades as an IT professional and entrepreneur who has worked with the Asterisk open source platform since its inception and has been a speaker at the AstriCon Asterisk conference and exhibition. Garrison is the founder of, an online portal designed to share VoIP-related news, reviews and tutorials, as well as, which provides highly educational video training tutorials to help individuals gain additional instruction on setting up their Asterisk-based telephony applications.

About trixbox
trixbox,, is the world’s largest Asterisk-based community and open source voice over IP telephony platform. The value of trixbox is that, in under an hour, a non-technical user can download and install, not only Asterisk, but Linux, SugarCRM, MySQL, FreePBX and other applications. trixbox tightly integrates these open applications to work together on one physical server, providing companies with a PBX phone system and the surrounding applications they need to support their business. The trixbox community has the largest number of registered users and the most active forums for discussing and resolving open source telephony and Asterisk-specific issues.

About Fonality
Fonality,, is a leader in open source, Asterisk-based IP telephony systems. PBXtra, Fonality’s award winning IP-PBX product line for small and medium businesses, is based on a modified version of the popular open source Asterisk code base. Fonality has modified Asterisk to add reliability, stability and enterprise-class features, and is the world’s largest commercial Asterisk-based deployment. PBXtra uses Fonality's patent pending architecture to deliver all the advanced features of an enterprise-class phone system and call center at 40 percent to 80 percent less than traditional offerings, and is deployed to more than 18,000 business users in the U.S. and other countries. Fonality’s trixbox,, the world’s largest community of users of Asterisk-based software, with an average of 45,000 downloads a month, provides a free, easy to install Asterisk-based VoIP phone system.

Fonality and trixbox are registered trademarks and PBXtra is a trademark of Fonality. Asterisk is a registered trademark of Digium®, Inc. Fonality and PBXtra are not affiliated with, nor endorsed by, Digium Inc.


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