Skype Now Stands for a Third of International Calls

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  • 17 Feb 2013
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  • 2 years ago Microsoft spent $8.5 billion to purchase Skype and since then they have expanded its services, making it reach the current level of popularity. A recent report from TeleGeography shows that Skype stands for 33% of international telephony traffic in 2012.

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    Skype is available as an application on major mobile platforms and it’s also coming to the brand new BlackBerry World soon enough. International telephone traffic grew 5% last year, reaching 490 billion minutes and reports show that “cross border Skype to Skype voice and video traffic grew 44% in 2012, to 167 billion minutes”. The increase is 51 billion minutes, which is more than twice the figures of all international carriers in the world, combined, a serious reason to carriers to worry.

    Skype doesn’t only compete with carriers, but also with other apps, like Google Voice, Whatsapp and others. Skype to Skype voice, video calls and IMs are free, while calls to landlines are offered with a discount, compared to traditional telecom offers. Is the future one filled with Skype calls instead of phone calls?

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    SOURCE: Tele Geography
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