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SoftBank Employs AudioCodes for UC Service

November 27, 2017

Tech giant SoftBank has called on AudioCodes to help power its hosted Skype for Business Online unified communications service.

As part of deal, the company will leverage the AudioCodes Mediant 800 CCE Appliance, and the supplier’s 400HD series of high-definition IP phones.

“Being selected for SoftBank’s hosted unified communications service is an important validation of our One Voice for Microsoft 365 strategy,” said Nimrode Borovsky, vice president of Global Marketing at AudioCodes “After many years of successful collaboration with Microsoft UC on-premises deployments, our broad range of certified voice solutions are now delivering value in cloud-based Skype for Business environments as well.”

The 800 CCE Appliance rolls a variety of functionality into a single solution. It acts as a media gateway and session border controller. Plus it includes Microsoft Cloud Connector Edition software. That enables businesses that are migrating from one platform to another to have connectivity with both legacy on-premises PBXs and UC platforms on the customer side and local time division multiplexing and SIP trunks on the carrier side. In the process, it helps organizations protect their investments in existing communications equipment and service provider contracts while being able to benefit from new, more feature rich, and affordable business communications capabilities and connectivity.

As for the AudioCodes 400HD series of high-definition IP phones, they include a range of offerings starting with the 405HD IP Phone and graduating up to the 450HD IP Phone and the Huddle Room setup.

The AudioCodes room solution is a conference call system with a five-inch color touch screen and gigabit Ethernet capability. It uses the G.722 and SILK wideband codecs, and has an optional expansion module and eight function keys. The 450HD phone also has a five-inch color touch screen and GbE capability, and uses the same wideband codecs and optional expansion module. Meanwhile, the 405HD is a GbE phone with a backlit multilingual LCD. It supports RJ9 and USB headsets and G.722 and SILK wideband codecs.

“AudioCodes’ products and solutions are a perfect fit for our hosted UC offering based on Skype for Business Online,” said Akiumi Maekawa, director of UC Service Department at SoftBank. “Having a single supplier for all our voice infrastructure needs enables us to streamline procurement procedures and simplify support and training, all of which contribute to a reliable and cost-effective service for our customers.”

Edited by Mandi Nowitz

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