[LINK] Skype Tops All in International Calls
kim at holburn.net
Wed Mar 25 22:09:01 EST 2009
> Skype is now the largest provider of international phone calls in
> the world.
> That's according to telecom research firm Telegeography, which
> estimates that Skype’s cross-border traffic shot up to 33 billion
> minutes in 2008, up more than 40% from the year before.
> That includes about 25 million billion minutes of free "Skype-to-
> Skype" traffic that travels only through internet pipes and doesn't
> even go over the traditional telephone network. A little over 8
> billion minutes are paid "Skype Out" calls that go from a user's
> computer to traditional telephones.
> "Skype’s traffic growth has been remarkable," said TeleGeography
> analyst Stephan Beckert. "Only five years after its launch, Skype
> has emerged as the largest provider of cross-border voice
> communications in the world."
> Skype's cheap international calling rates and its free user-to-user
> calls and video are in part to blame for the lack of revenue growth
> in international calling, even as international call volume
> continues to go up at about 10 percent a year.
> Auction giant eBay bought Skype in 2005 for about $3 billion, though
> investors have generally been skeptical of the purchase. However
> eBay recently said that it expects Skype's revenues to double to $1
> billion in 2011.
> Over the last decade, international call volume has jumped from 71.7
> billion minutes in 1997 to 343 billion in 2007, according to
> Telegeography's research.
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