Wonder why we have seen so many operators trying to fight OTT voice and messaging (Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Korea, China) ?
According to a post by Elisa Steele to Skype's blog - ".. we are excited to celebrate that our Skype users – YOU – are spending more than 2 billion minutes connecting with each other! 2 BILLION MINUTES! .. 2 billion minutes is a testament to our users who are making Skype the everyday communications hub that brings people together".
Well, not all these minutes would have been translated into revenue minutes by network operators, but according to a recent research by TeleGeography "While international phone traffic growth is slowing, traffic from voice and messaging applications like Skype continues to increase at a stunning pace. TeleGeography estimates that cross-border Skype-to-Skype voice and video traffic grew 44% in 2012, to 167 billion minutes. This increase of nearly 51 billion minutes is more than twice that achieved by all international carriers in the world, combined."