Report: International Skype Traffic Soars As Phone Volumes Stagnate

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International telephone traffic from fixed line and mobile phones is growing, but international Skype call traffic is soaring, according to the latest from TeleGeography. While international fixed-line and mobile phone call traffic rose an estimated 7% in 2013, to 547 billion minutes, international Skype-to-Skype traffic...Learn More

3D Calling? Skype is on the Case

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The technology behind 3D has seen its share of fits and starts. 3DTV is struggling with low sales and some high profile 3D networks like ESPN 3D shutting down. But 3D printing seems to be building significant momentum. The latest 3D effort is in communications...Learn More

Report: Mobile VoIP Users Up 550%, But Annual ARPU is $7.13

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The number of over-the-top (OTT) mobile VoIP subscribers more than quintupled worldwide in 2012, rising 550% to more than 640 million, according to Infonetics Research.  Service operators aren’t making much money, however: average revenue per user (ARPU) totaled just $7.13 annually, the research firm said....Learn More

Skype Registers 2 Billion Minutes of Use Daily

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The FCC recently released a report on Universal Service which also included statistics on minutes of use (MOUs) for switched access across the PSTN. The data revealed that MOUs on the PSTN are down considerably to about 200 billion in 2011, from a peak of...Learn More

Alternative Providers Pushing Telcos Out of International Voice Calling

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International telephone traffic rose 5% in 2012, to 490 billion minutes, while international traffic from Internet voice and messaging services such as Skype continued “to increase at a stunning pace,” putting telcos at risk of losing the predominant place they’ve held since the invention of...Learn More

Hey Rural Telcos – It’s Time to Call it Quits on POTS

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Like all sectors within the telecom industry, the rural telecom industry is in the midst of significant transition. Both the technology and the business models it enables are changing, and rapidly. Telecom carriers of all sizes are rethinking their business and trying to build a...Learn More

Skype™ Launches New Online Platform for Small Businesses

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LONDON and PALO ALTO, CA, Nov. 8, 2012  — Skype today launched to the public Skype in the workspace (SITW), a new online platform for small businesses to instantly connect with potential customers, partners and suppliers across the globe. The free-to-use tool makes use of...Learn More

There is a Cost for Free VoIP

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Which cliché applies to free VoIP services? “There are no free lunches,” or “the best things in life are free?” Like most things, your perspective will define the answer. Some argue there are a number of costs for free VoIP services available from the likes...Learn More

Comcast Begins Skype on XFINITY TV Roll Out

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One of the benefits to consumers of competition between cable, telcoTV, and DBS is innovation. All of these telecompetitors are looking to integrate new products into their TV and broadband experience that they hope will provide some sense of differentiation and create stickyness. Case in...Learn More

T-Mobile’s Skype Competitor, Bobsled, Now Has 1 Million Users

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NEW ORLEANS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–T-Mobile® USA, Inc. today announced it has surpassed 1 million users of Bobsled® by T-Mobile, marking a key milestone in the growth of its universal IP communication service. Launched in April 2011, Bobsled Calling has enabled users to make free phone calls over...Learn More

Skype Partners With Towerstream for Wi-Fi

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MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Dec. 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Towerstream Corporation (Nasdaq:TWER), a leading 4G service provider and Wi-Fi network operator, and Skype have partnered together to include Towerstream’s state-of-the-art Manhattan Wi-Fi network within the Skype WiFi hotspot footprint. Skype WiFi is a convenient, one-click way...Learn More

Skype-Facebook Get Closer With Launch of Facebook-Facebook Video Calls

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The Skype and Facebook platforms are becoming more tightly integrated. Today, Skype’s Rick Osterloh announced the launch of Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows, which allow users to make Facebook-to-Facebook calls from within Skype. This latest announcement builds on successful...Learn More