CES 2011: Skype Steals International Scene

3:45 PM -- LAS VEGAS -- 2011 International CES -- New numbers for Skype Ltd. , coupled with a big first acquisition, make Skype's infamous Christmastime outage seem like a blip on its radar. (See CES 2011: Skype Buys Up Qik for Mobile Push.)

Skype's voice traffic grew by 45 billion minutes in 2010, more than twice the volume added by all the wireless operators in the world, according to TeleGeography Inc. 's latest research today. The numbers make it the largest international calling provider in the world, and it's growing four times faster in minute base than the totality of the telecom community, Skype CEO Tony Bates noted.

Skype is moving 190 billion minutes per year, and nearly 40 percent of those are on video, what Bates said is the next frontier for the company, hence the Qik acquisition.

Another fun fact: When Skype launched its two-way iPhone app on New Year's Eve, it saw 4 million downloads and 1 million video calls made within the first 24 hours.

"Why is this so powerful? Because mobile is clearly the next frontier in terms of how people want to communicate," Bates said.

All of this means that Skype is making wireless operators a little less necessary, at least in a small portion of their business. It should be a wake-up call that they can't escape the cheap calling bandit. Time to partner up?

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

alr 12/5/2012 | 5:15:54 PM
re: CES 2011: Skype Steals International Scene

Growth is all very nice, but how much of it is generating revenues? It is always easier to give away lots of stuff, rather than actually grow sales.

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