Skype says sorry for outage

Skype CEO Tony Banks has apologised for what amounted to nearly 48 hours of down time on the popular VoiP network.

A tired-looking Banks posted a video message pointing out that the company's supernodes had now been stabilised and assured users that the outage wasn't caused by a malicious attack as suggested in some quarters.

The company is now carrying out an in-depth post-mortem as to the cause of the problem and says that the network is now running at around 90 per cent of its normal volume, which is around 25 million simultaneous connections.

Skype will be emailing credit vouchers for paying users ranging from 30 minutes of free calls for pay-as-you-go punters to a week's worth of usage for corporate clients and subscribers.

Off-line IM and group video chat are both still borked at time of posting.