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SignalWire Adds 'Original Geek' David Duffett to the Team

November 07, 2019

By Tracey E. Schelmetic - Virtual PBX Contributor

SignalWire is a company that’s been busy. The company’s open-source platform is used by most popular commercial cloud communications companies as well as developers and enthusiasts around the world. In May of last year, SignalWire acquired FreeSWITCH, a software defined telecom stack enabling the digital transformation of proprietary telecom switches and software. Now, SignalWire has announced that David Duffett will be joining the company as Worldwide Community Advocate. Duffett was formerly Worldwide Community Director for the Asterisk Open Source project, a popular IP-PBX software package used for building business telephony systems.

SignalWire has stated that it’s taking aim at massive disruption in the cloud communications space, with prices that are often pennies on the dollar compared to the competition. Also last year, the company’s SignalWire CLOUD product began offering Legacy Antiquated Markup Language, a markup language that is feature-to-feature compatible with Twilio’s TwiML, and allows developers to easily migrate communication application traffic to the SignalWire CLOUD platform and take advantage of significantly lower voice and messaging rates than Twilio.

SignalWire CLOUD delivers carrier-grade functionality of SignalWire's core telecom stack. With an extensive library of easy-to-use APIs and software development kits that can be used by any type of application developer, cloud-based communications functionality can now be easily added to any application and delivered on a pay-per-use basis.

Anthony Minessale, CEO of SignalWire, noted that Duffett is a perfect addition to the company’s all-star line-up of what they call “Original Geeks.”

"He is committed first and foremost to the advancement of the technology, and making it accessible to anyone with an idea,” said Minessale in a statement. “He has a tech-first and tech-forward mentality, and that's what being Original Geek is all about. We're thrilled to have him on the team."

In his new role, Duffett will be responsible for ensuring the success of developers using SignalWire technology and guiding this community through the transition to cloud-based services that is reshaping the industry, according to the company.

"The software-defined telecom revolution has made great strides over the past decade thanks to open-source projects and the innovations they have enabled," said Duffett. "SignalWire is the next evolution of that movement, extending complex telecom to the cloud and exposing it to a broader audience in much the same way Google or AWS has done with other technologies."

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Edited by Maurice Nagle


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