Hi all. I finally decide to post something on URL or URI dialing with Asterisk.
I think that URI dialing is the near futur of telephony. I will try in the coming monthes to promote and developpe this for my country (France).
DNS is technically reliable and commercialy independant. This will be a good basis for a new mondial telecom system.
Enum and Dundi are good ideas, but they never will be widely and massively adopted because :
1: Dundi is too complex and mostly untested at a big scale. Users generaly don’t like the idea of the shared nature of such a database, for reliability and privacy reasons.
2: Enum can help to keep compatibility with the older digit dialplans in the world, but is not a solution for the futur.
The big advantages of URI DNS based dialing are :
it is easier to remember the phone numbers, because they are the same as email adresses
VOIP operators becomes obsoletes. We don’t need them with URI dialing, as the users IP database is managed by DNS instead of telecom operators.
According to me this is a big improvement for every users, as they don’t need to pay for a telcom operator. With URI dialed VOIP we need only a good Internet Acces. No more.
The problem is that Freepbx don’t support URI dialing. I tried a couple of trick in the dialplan to get it to work, but it does cause problems. For example the conferences stop to work when enabling URI dialing.
Would it be complicated, for you Asterisk specialists, to implement a rock solid URI dialing compatible with the freepbx dialplan and applications ?
According to the small knowledge i have from the dialplan programming capabilities it should be possible ?
I propose two things for Freepbx :
The possibility to define a phonebook with URI phone numbers, so that we can dial those URI from non enabled phones through short numbers.
The possibility to Dial URI directly from the phone or softphone, like it is possible with Grandstream, Cisco, other phones, X-lite softphone…
For a mondial success with URI dialing, we need a simple to use solution. Freepbx, Trixbox and Asterisk are the key of success.
Thanks for your listening.