VOIP services

Skype Keeps Growing

10:45 AM -- eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) has just posted its fourth-quarter and full-year numbers, reporting $6 billion in revenues for 2006. It believes it will increase its revenues by at least another $1 billion in 2007.

Included in there, of course, are the sales figures and projections for Skype Ltd. And, while the VOIP specialist's revenues are still relatively small, considering eBay shelled out $2.6 billion for it in 2005, it's interesting to see the growth in revenues for a company built around the offer of free voice services. (See EBay Buys Skype for $2.6B.)

In the fourth quarter of 2006, Skype generated revenues of $63.4 million, more than double the sales from a year earlier. Here's a table showing the progression of Skype's reported revenues during 2006. In total, it generated $192.8 million last year.

Table 1: Skype's Revenues in 2006
Skype revenues
Q1 2006 $35.2 million
Q2 2006 $44.2 million
Q3 2006 $50 million
Q4 2006 $63.4 million
Total 2006 $192.8 million
Source: eBay

EBay doesn't report the operating or net profitability of its separate business units.

At the end of 2006, Skype had 171 million registered users, up from 75 million at the end of 2005.

What's more interesting now, though, is to see whether the Skype guys can have as much success in the Internet TV market. (See Skypsters Fast Forward to Internet TV.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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