A recent report has claimed that the popular VoIP service Skype has expanded its user base so dramatically that international long distance call traffic has been considerably affected, while the traffic on Skype is accelerating at a breakneck speed.
TeleGeography, which released the paper this week, reported that Skype has witnessed a 60 percent growth in its Skype to Skype call traffic in 2009. This means that Skype callers clocked in 54 billion minutes of international calls in 2009.
Skype incidentally allows its users to make international and local calls to other Skype users apart from allowing them to engage in a video chat as well.
Commenting on the development, Stephan Beckert, an analyst with TeleGeography mentioned "The volume of traffic routed via Skype is tremendous. Skype is now the largest provider of cross border communications in the world, by far.”
The research also revealed that Skype accounted for around 12 percent of all the international call minutes whereas international calls from telephones reduced to around 8 percent. Skype’s popularity was reported at a new high in October last year, with over 520 million users worldwide.
Several industry experts are of the opinion that the mammoth increase in Skype’s popularity is due to the recession which had severely affected the economy, as people choose service with an eye on reducing their phone bills.
This is some pretty surprising figures and show how disruptive Skype can be. Working in the telecommunications sector with Skype as a competitor is certainly not fun right now. We expect the growth to be even higher this year as Skype adoption on Smartphone expands.
(Wall Street Journal)