GENBAND, Vodafone Fiji Deliver Unified Communications over Satellite to Pacific Nations


GENBAND, a provider of real-time communications solutions has partnered with Vodafone Fiji to deploy a hosted solution that delivers next- generation cloud and UC services across the Pacific.

Designed as an upgrade to the Republic of Kiribati’s fixed and mobile network infrastructure, the fully operational deployment leverages the GENBAND Application Server and Kandy Business Solutions for enhanced cloud-based applications. This hybrid offer enables Vodafone Fiji to deliver compelling hosted UC services via satellite links to Kiribati through local provider Amalgamated Telecoms Holdings Kiribati Limited (ATHKL).

“GENBAND has always been an innovative partner for us and this project is no exception,” said Andrew Kumar, Vodafone Fiji CTO. “By deploying this new solution, we’re empowering remote Pacific nations and their communities with access to advanced real-time contextual communications.”

GENBAND is providing Vodafone Fiji with enhanced SIP Trunking services, voice over satellite, local media anchoring and PRI gateways. Vodafone Fiji leverages GENBAND’s Application Server to deliver country-specific hosted billing from its Suva base while web collaboration, auto-attendant, voicemail and WebRTC applications are provided via Kandy Business Solutions.

Kiribati customers can access mobile, UC services or SIP Trunk connectivity via the prepaid system, acquiring only the services they need. This innovative billing model further extends cost efficiencies and leverages existing billing infrastructure investments. Additionally, ATHKL can now provide PBXs to corporate clients without investing in on-premises infrastructure, delivering greater flexibility and advanced features cost-effectively.

“Remote areas have been at a disadvantage when aiming to access next-generation services,” said David O’Connor, GENBAND’s Senior Vice President for APAC Sales. “Until now that access has required massive investment. This unprecedented solution is an important step forward in extending advanced capabilities to these underserved locations while providing a model for cost-efficient delivery of hosted UC solutions.”