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TeleGeography says that cross-border telephone traffic grew 14 percent in 2007 and is estimated to have grown 12 percent in 2008, to 384 billion minutes. Falling prices and rising popularity have flattened the revenues (see graph below the fold). The big bump in minutes (and the […]

skypeldTeleGeography says that cross-border telephone traffic grew 14 percent in 2007 and is estimated to have grown 12 percent in 2008, to 384 billion minutes. Falling prices and rising popularity have flattened the revenues (see graph below the fold). The big bump in minutes (and the flattening of revenues) has come courtesy of Skype, the company owned by San Jose, Calif.-based eBay.

Skype’s cross-border traffic grew approximately 41 percent in 2008, to 33 billion minutes — equivalent to 8 percent of combined international telephone + Skype traffic. Skype uses  wholesale carriers such as iBasis and Level 3 for handling its network traffic. Five years after its launch, Skype is now the largest provider of cross-border voice communications in the world, Telegeography says. Or as my friend Andy Abramson would say: The world’s biggest minute stealer.

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  1. [...] is now the largest long distance phone company. Cross-border telephone traffic grew 12% in [...]

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  2. voip is hot, excellent!!, other players should feel optimistic as they have a big pie to cut from, i wonder if truphone, jajah and vopium can figure out the right approach in 2009?

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  3. After yesterday’s announcement it seems they’re ready to embrace that title.

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  4. [...] Now the Largest Long-distance Phone Company 2009 March 24 by theswarm Skype, Now the Largest Long-distance Phone Company: [...]

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  5. Hardeep Singh Dang Tuesday, March 24, 2009

    Hi Om,

    I know the mobile VOIP is still in a nascent stage, but I would sure like to have details of companies like Truphone, Gizmo5, Fring, Nimbuzz and others. These guys have really made the VOIP market eve more interesting and have proved VOIP is far from dead. In fact the economy that we live in today would be the biggest boost to VOIP.

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  6. [...] reports that skype has now become the largest long distance phone company in the [...]

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  7. And here Ebay was lamenting buying Skype, and it may end up working out after all.

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  8. We knew all along that AT&T Long Distance was screwing us back then.

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  9. revenue must not be confused with margin. long-distance margins are eroding (and already quite thin) and skype is no different from the lot when it comes to margin.

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