US analyst company Evaluserve predicts Skype stealing significant revenue from traditional telco providers. According to silicon.com there will be 140 million to 245 million Skype users by 2008, compared to about 15 million total today. Those numbers exclude enterprise users who might switch to future Skype business offerings, which could reduce telcos‘ revenues even further.
European telcos are particularly vulnerable to Skype’s threat, says the Evalueserve study, because calling and roaming rates – and the share of roaming rates – are high compared to the rest of the world and local calls are charged by the minute, as opposed to the US where most people pay a fixed monthly fee.
The ultimate effect of the Skype revolution could be telecoms following the VoIP upstart’s business model – offering voice services for free with revenues coming from added services, says Evalueserve.
In this articel the planned Skype Business Services, to be launched later this year, is mentioned. Skype claims already a third of Skype users use the software for business. I have my doubts at this point. I use traditional land line, mobile services and Skype – at home and in business. I am still not able to get rid of one of these services, and I can not see my company getting rid of the PBX through using Skype.
At home I am planning to use the new Siemens Gigaset Skype Integration. Since we use Skype a lot for international calls, our phone bill dropped by 20%. And Skype will offer new services including mobile phones – but knowing german mobile phone provides they will do everything to keep Skype out.
Anyway, there is a lot of momentum for Skype. Its worth supporting it.