Skype For Asterisk (SFA) was announced a while back when a demo call was conducted on stage at Astricon. Since then there have been a quite a bit of development at Digium behind the curtains. Digium announced today that the testing of Skype For Asterisk has moved to second and larger group of beta testers, paving a way for public beta in the near future.
Skype for Asterisk will be a boon to all the asterisk users and businesses. People will be able to call them free using Skype and the asterisk servers will be able to route outbound calls via SkypeOut for lower costs.
The other foremost requirement is the quality of the calls and Digium assures us that SFA is not a proxy solution.
"will have the ability to make, receive and transfer Skype calls from within Asterisk phone systems, using existing hardware and existing Asterisk configurations: Skype calls become just another Asterisk call."
Asterisk-Skype Solutions are vital to SMBs and SMEs who trying save money during these troubled times. But again it will be a good business decision to save money in any case.
Once the beta cycles are over, the final market release of the SFA Component will have;
1. SkypeIn: Receive calls from the public telephone network using standard phone numbers
2. SkypeOut: Make calls to landline and mobile numbers at incredibly low rates
3. Standard phone features: Incoming/outgoing digits (DTMF), Caller ID
4. Smart call routing based on called Skype Name, Caller ID, country of the caller, language they have chosen in their Skype client and etc.
5. Retrieve Skype credit balance information
6. Store and call PSTN and Skype contacts
7. Retrieve and set Skype user presence information
8. Support for G.711 and G.729 voice codecs
9. Each Skype channel license includes a Digium G.729 codec licenseamong other features. You can read more at;