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December 28, 2005

Details of Microsoft telecom deal in Japan released

Posted by David Hunter at 9:43 AM ET.

Today Microsoft has a press release about the Microsoft telecom deal in Japan we mentioned yesterday and the parameters are rather different than the original press report hinted at:

Microsoft Co. Ltd., SOFTBANK BB Corp., and JAPAN TELECOM CO. LTD., announced that they are developing a security-enhanced, integrated communications service that combines voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), e-mail, Internet access, groupware, presence, instant messaging and desktop services with network infrastructure, and that they have formed a strategic business alliance to provide this service as a business-oriented solution.

The combination of Microsoft® Solution for Enhanced VoIP Services with the IP phone expertise of SOFTBANK BB, Japan’s largest carrier of IP phone services, delivers a platform with enhanced security that provides rich messaging, presence and collaboration functions with high-quality voice services. Further, JAPAN TELECOM plans to couple this integrated communication service with its high-quality networking infrastructure and managed network operation to provide its own information communication technologies (ICT) platform service to the corporate market.

The target is small and medium businesses. The Microsoft® Solution for Enhanced VoIP Services is one of Microsoft’s service provider offerings combining the Microsoft® Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration with partner Sylantro Systems Corp.’s Application Feature Server. A similar deal was done in September in the USA with Qwest.

Filed under Coopetition, Hosted Messaging, Japan Telecom, Service Providers, Softbank, Sylantro

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December 27, 2005

Japan VoIP deal for Microsoft and Softbank

Posted by David Hunter at 10:18 AM ET.

The Seattle Times:

Microsoft and Softbank will jointly offer Internet-based telephone services to corporate customers in Japan.

Microsoft’s Japan unit, Tokyo-based Softbank, and its Japan Telecom affiliate will sell a package that includes Internet phone, e-mail and Internet access starting in the spring, the companies said.

There aren’t any more details, but since this is for business customers, it’s presumably based on the Windows Office Live Communications Server with Office Communicator client and likely incorporates some of the technology acquired with the purchase of AG.

Update 12/28: See the first trackback to this post for details, but it turns out that Microsoft is merely offering “backroom” software for the actual service providers, Softbank and Japan Telecom.

Filed under Alliances, Coopetition, Japan Telecom, Office, Office Communications Server, Softbank, Technologies, VoIP

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