Is Skype’s challenge to telcos dwindling? Australian ISPs and telcos dismiss Skype as serious threat despite continued rise

Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecommunication carriers have shrugged off any notion that free Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services such as Skype are threatening their businesses.Late last year, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said the rise of Naked DSL among ISPs and the increased frequency of internet usage were driving uptake of VoIP services. In a report titled, Changes in the Australian VoIP market, the ACMA pointed to data collected from Telegeography, showing an increase of Skype’s international traffic in 2008 of 41 per cent to 33 million minutes over the previous year.To read this report in Computerworld in full, see:

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