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Hello! Thanks for showing interest in knowing more about me. My name is ASTPP and I am one of the best open source solutions in the world. There are hundreds of business owners using me to run and grow their business, day in, day out. This is my story and I am excited to share my life story with you, so tighten your seat belt as this story is nothing less than an amazing motivational short film. I will take you on the ride of my life journey.
I was born in 2003 in the United States of America. Mr. Darren Wibe brought me in this world to fulfill some of his own project requirements. He was dealing with a commercial project on Asterisk Post Paid Billing and his need invented me. He gave me the name ASTPP (Asterisk to postpaid) Billing Solution. He knew my amazing capabilities in the VoIP billing arena and he wanted to help the world with my skills and capabilities, so he made me available for free – yes, I was released as an open source.
This is how I became an open source billing solution, a solution that works for the public and the solution that is empowered by the public. As I was really efficacious in my job and I was benefiting businesses by providing many benefits, being an open source solution, I received a lot of popularity among the Asterisk community and users. The world was flowery and I was enjoying all the fame I had.
In early 2006, a new VoIP technology came in the VoIP world, called, FreeSWITCH. It, too, had some amazing capabilities and world started leaning towards it. Thus, Mr. Darren Wibe decided to empower me with more capabilities, so I can satisfy the demand of time. Thus, he added FreeSWITCH support in me and my new Avatar with FreeSWITCH got even more popular than the one with the Asterisk. Mr. Darren Wibe was really happy with this fact and he shifted his complete focus on my FreeSWITCH version and dropped off the Asterisk one. Yes, the Asterisk was available, but without any active updates on it. Everything was perfect as I was on seventh cloud.
The destiny had something else for me. The table turned in 2009 when Mr. Darren Wibe shifted his business to some other segment and there was no one to take care of me. Yes, there were people using me, but the increasing competition in the industry was quickly running me out of the industry. I was losing hope of ever coming back and gain my position back in the industry. I was almost dead. ☹
The destiny definitely had written something else for me. There were two technopreneurs, Samir Doshi and Arpit Modi , miles away from my origin place, in India. They started working in the VoIP industry in 2010 as Leaders and Founders of iNextrix Technologies. They loved the concept of open source because of a plethora of benefits given by it to its users. They were catering their customers with the open source solutions in the VoIP and they wanted to return to the open source community in some way.
In 2013, they got a partner from South Africa who brought a couple of projects on the table of the clients looking for an open source billing software in FreeSWITCH. Thus, they started exploring various open source solutions. Do you think they came to me? No, life was not that easy. I was living in darkness, not so popular, just like an old movie star who is almost forgotten by the world. The new hero of the town was another Open Source Asterisk Billing Solution. Arpit and Samir were thinking to add FreeSWITCH support in that or develop the one from scratch in FreeSWITCH for that Asterisk based open source billing solution. Their thinking was, this way they will get what they are looking for their clients as well as they will fulfill their longtime dream of adding value in the open source community. They were deciding between two options and also searching for any other alternative and miracle miracle, they stumbled upon me during their hunt. They explored more about me by reading material on the web and decided to revitalize me.
Yey! Now I had someone to take care of mine and stand again with a high head in the fierce competition. I had stopped fighting since 2009 and after 4 long years, in 2013, it was time to rock the stage again! ☺ I was really happy to see both of these technopreneurs worked on me continuously. They put their time, personal money and business; almost everything to make sure I can make a great comeback. I was ready to roll again. They installed me for their 5 to 6 customers and bang!!! The dream shattered. ☹ I couldn’t make it this time. I had some old components which were outdated and I couldn’t live up to the grown expectations of the clients. All 3 of us, I, Samir and Arpit were disheartened. They were thinking to leave me in my dark life again. However, the destiny had some other plan for us.
In late 2013, they got one more project from one of the renowned Telecom companies with similar need, which required a FreeSWITCH based billing solution. They thought to give me one more try and they started working again with double energy and passion. They replaced all outdated components and refilled me with the latest ones. They released me with the name ASTPP 1.7.3. All 3 of us were extremely nervous and hoping this time we can do it and bang bang! We did it. ☺ I could make it and it was the happiest moment for all of us. However, as I haven’t been in the market for 4-5 years, my capacity of handling calls was too low. I had to buck up to meet the growing demands. Thus, all 3 of us started working hard on this weakness of mine.
In 2015, they released one more Avatar of mine with much better UI and UX. The people loved me and we received a lot of praise for my new looks. I started gaining popularity again. I started getting more users as well as more community members. However, I had old Perl scripts, which were limiting my capacity to perform some tasks, specifically, taking care of Concurrent Calls (CC) and Call per Second (CPS). They had tried everything they could for me and had also invested a lot of money and time on me. They were about to give up on me despite the fact I am gaining the popularity. They had a valid reason, because even if I look good, I am of no use if I can’t work efficaciously.
They did not only lost money and time on me, but now they started losing business and some of their valuable team members who were thinking both of these guys going to run out of money because of me. My heart was sinking because the two people who tried to give me new life are about to lose everything because of me. I stopped pushing them to work on me and they, too, lost some energy and motivation to work on me. They decided to focus on their core business, iNextrix Technologies, and leave me on my own. I didn’t want to die because I wanted to add value in people’s life, but at the same time I didn’t want to bother these two generous people who are my buddies now, anymore. I lost hope and so did they!!
The destiny had something amazing for me. Thus, I and these 2 guys always crossed paths and stay connected somehow and of course we had an emotional bond. They decided to give their last and final try on me. I was delighted to hear this, but at the same time I was really scared by the fact what if I fail again. I had almost died once upon a time and failed twice already. Despite all fears, all 3 of us started working again to make me a better version of myself. They removed all outdated things, including, Perl scripts. They used Lua call scripts to make me more robust and reliable.
In Mid 2016, I was released in a completely new Avatar. I was my version 3. Our hearts were beating so fast that we could feel the fear we had!! We were waiting for the public reactions and Bang Bang Bang!!!!! Yey!! WE DID IT!! WE DID OUR BEST!! We were overwhelmed with such an amazing response. We were delighted to see people were choosing me over proprietary billing solutions because I had that thing in me!! However, this is not the end of the story. This invented new problems for my buddies, Samir and Arpit. They started getting some warnings from commercial billing solution providers about some possible disasters lurking to knock us down. However, my buddies didn’t leave me alone. They dealt with all the odds and made the cloudy dark sky clear and shining for me. I was enjoying increasing fame, user base and community members.
In 2016, one billing solution was launched which was doing what I have been doing since 2006. That billing solution boasted it is the first ever FreeSWITCH open source billing solution. ☺ But, you know who is the pioneer right? 😉 That billing solution couldn’t cope up with the increasing demand and competition, and is dead at the moment. My condolence to it!
Today in 2018, I am much more powerful than ever before. I have more than 10,000 businesses using me all across the world. I have more than 650 community members contributing in my betterment day in, day out. Every month, more than 250 downloads proves my proficiency in my field. I am compatible with all different FreeSWITCH solutions. I have advanced features which are not available in almost any other billing software. I have some paid add-ons that can benefit the entrepreneurs to take their retail and wholesale VoIP business to the next level. All these facts make me not only the best open source billing solution, but also more than just a billing solution.
I am not Asterisk to Postpaid (ASTPP) billing solution any more. This is my new life and my name is A Smart TelePhony Platform (ASTPP) Billing Solution!
I am thankful to everyone who contributed in my journey to become a success story and didn’t give up on me ever!
I am ASTPP: The Most Powerful First Ever FreeSWITCH Open Source Billing Solution that fought against all the odds to make its way till here. This is my story and this is just the beginning!!!!