Thursday, April 22, 2010

Skype is the world largest international calling carrier

Skype accounts for 12% of all international calling minutes! Some amazing numbers below from a company that has started not too long ago if you compare them to incumbent carriers who had been in business for decades:
  • Skype added 39 million registered users in the fourth quarter to end the year with a total of 560 million.
  • The number of Skype-to-Skype call minutes totaled 36.1 billion in the final three months of 2009.
  • Skype users made more the 250 billion minutes worth of Skype-to-Skype calls from the time the service was launched through the end of 2009.
  • Skype in 2009 accounted for 12 percent of the world’s international calling minutes, a 50 percent increase over 2008 when it accounted for 8 percent of international calling, according to TeleGeography Research.
  • 36 percent of Skype-to-Skype calls as of the end of the fourth quarter included video — in other words.
  • 35 percent of Skype users utilize it for business purposes.
Skype can only grow bigger as the adoption proliferates. In fact, i had just conducted my interviews with some candidates on skype and the average call quality over the cloud is even much better than a regular mobile to mobile call. Its amazing how the technology has improved over the years. I can still remember making my 1st call over the internet using an arcane VOIP software back in the mid 90s where the call quality is nothing by comparison.

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