A whosit or a whatsit?

S. Dale Morrey sdalemorrey at gmail.com
Fri Feb 22 10:55:48 MST 2013

Thanks for the info and yes this is all planning at this stage.
ATA was the word I was looking for.  It's just one of those times when
you know you know something but can't quite dig it out of your brain.
As for DiD service, there appears to be more than one provider for the
numbers, however getting anyone in Ecuador to set a firm price that
doesn't involve the direction the wind is blowing is rather difficult.

Alright so now this plan is coming together.
ATA to bridge the PSTN phone to the internet.
Asterisk or Freeswitch for call origination.
I have a list of about 50 a-z termination services, and am currently
trying to nail down the lowest cost / best option.
DiD service setup to forward incoming calls to Asterisk/Freeswitch

Again this is business planning, it's just something to present to a
group of local businessmen/women who want to provide a better option.
The time table for deployment if approved would be 6 months to a year.

Is there anything I'm missing which might be vital here?

On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM, Lonnie Olson <lists at kittypee.com> wrote:
> As said before these devices are ATAs, but have many different product names.
> However before getting into the technical details, you might want to
> work on your business plan first.
> You need an upstream provider.
> Either:
> * the local LEC itself, in which you pay the expensive call fees yourself
> * a competitive LEC that is cheaper, if one exists
> * SIP trunk provider in another calling rate center, in which you pay
> LD charges for calls to your own local area
> * a local SIP trunk provider, in which you are just a middle man
> Also, you need to buy numbers in the local calling area.  Those will
> have to come from a local carrier.
> On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 9:46 PM, S. Dale Morrey <sdalemorrey at gmail.com> wrote:
>> So continuing my adventures in Ecuador I'm looking at establishing
>> VOIP service in a small community that has great internet access but
>> where the landline cost per call is very expensive and cell service is
>> sporadic.
>> I think a couple of Asterisk servers could probably do most of the
>> work especially since the majority of calls would be locals calling
>> locals, we could completely bypass the incumbent telco for most use
>> cases and I'm sure I can find terminating services for calls outside
>> the local exchange area.
>> I was talking with one of the local businessmen and was able to
>> explain that there are devices that can directly connect an open port
>> on his router to the pots line in his home and provide him with
>> dialtone and direct dial service without the need to keep a computer
>> on 24/7.
>> For the life of me I'm now drawing a blank on what this device is
>> called, or who the manufacturer(s) are.  This is going to be vital
>> information if we move ahead with this service.
>> Any ideas?
>> Thanks!
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