Originally published: January 19, 2010
Last updated: January 19, 2010 - 1:55pm
[Commentary] When a crappy economy meets VoIP, cheaper IP telecommunications win, according to research from TeleGeography showing that Skype is taking market share from the international calling market.
TeleGeography found that the projected growth of international telephone traffic was almost halved in 2009 — to a mere 8 percent — while Skype's growth accelerated by 51 percent. TeleGeography also notes that over the past 25 years, international call volume from telephones has grown at a compounded annual rate of 15 percent. In the past two years, however, international telephone traffic growth has slowed to only 8 percent on an annual basis, growing to an estimated 406 billion minutes in 2009 from 376 billion minutes in 2008.
Skype is the largest long distance phone company in the world. And as VoIP grows both on the computer and on mobile devices, thanks to an ever-increasing number of VoIP apps for mobile phones, international carriers are going to find yet another source of profits eroded.