SoftBank Selects AudioCodes to Support Skype for Business

Japanese telecommunications provider SoftBank has selected AudioCodes products and solutions as part of its Skype for Business Online based, hosted unified communications (UC) service.

SoftBank has begun deploying AudioCodes connectivity solutions and IP phones at its business customers’ premises across Japan.

SoftBank has deployed the Mediant 800 CCE Appliance, which delivers on-premises voice connectivity for Skype for Business Online customers. With session border controller (SBC), media gateway and Microsoft Cloud Connector Edition software integrated on a single hardware device, the Mediant 800 CCE Appliance enables connectivity with legacy on-premises PBXs and UC platforms as well as with local TDM and SIP trunks. This helps organizations protect their investment in existing communications equipment and service provider contracts during and after the migration to Microsoft’s cloud communications offering.

In addition, SoftBank customers can benefit from AudioCodes 400HD series of high-definition IP phones, which includes a range of models covering everything from common-area phones to high-end executive devices with large color touchscreens.

“AudioCodes’ products and solutions are a perfect fit for our hosted UC offering based on Skype for Business Online,” said Akiumi Maekawa, director of the 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.”

“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.”