Thursday, June 16, 2005

Skype Rules North American VOIP

by Mark Evans


According to Sandvine, Skype dominates the North American VOIP market with 46.2% of minutes and 40% of bandwidth. Waterloo, Ont.-based Sandvine, which tracks 1,100 VOIP service providers, said Skype users also account for 35.8% of individual VOIP callers on North American networks. “So this is not like five guys who figured out they could call Slovenia 24 hours in a row; this is a mass market phenomenon,” Sandvine’s Steve McGeown told Lightreading.com. If Skype isn't already a thorn in the side of U.S. and Canadian carriers, this is more evidence Skype is becoming a major telephony player. All it needs to do now is figure out how to squeeze more money out of its users with premium products like SkypeIn, SkypeOut, Skype Voicemail and SkypeVideo. Om Malik has a posting on a video calling applications developed by Santa Cruz Networks - providing a strong signal how an eco-system is starting to surround Skype.

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