Skype, owned by Microsoft has been remarkable over the past years. In 2013, the international Skype-to-Skype reached 214 billion minutes, which is twice of that traditional calls.
TeleGeography, a research and analysis firm of the telecommunications market, has released the latest data on the traffic generated by Skype last year. The VoIP client is available for all desktop operating systems and mobile platforms, and continuing to dominate the industry with a growing number of calls. The international traffic “on-net” (Skype-to-Skype) calls grew “36 percent in 2013, to 214 billion minutes.”
While, the international telephone traffic from landline to mobile phones has grown 7 percent in 2013, reaching 547 billion minutes, but what worries the traditional operators is the declining rate of growth. In last 20 years, the average growth rates have been below 13%, causing the steady decline in prices.
The growth rate of Skype is much higher and remarkable. Only in 2013, international traffic grew by 54 billion minutes, in which more than 50% of the traffic generated by all mobile operators worldwide. It’s evident that Microsoft’s starts are in the seventh house.
“The rapid spread of OTT services is making life ever more challenging for international service providers, but the PSTN will not disappear anytime soon,” said TeleGeography analyst Stephan Beckert. “No other network comes close to matching the global reach of the PSTN. While Facebook has approximately 1.2 billion monthly users, at year-end 2013, the PSTN connected to just over 8 billion fixed and mobile subscribers worldwide.”
Overall, Skype’s traffic is almost 40% of the traditional international telephone calls. This means that for every 10 minutes of calls made on fixed lines and mobile in the world, 4 minutes are spent on Skype.
It’s a huge percentage, considering the availability of numerous rivals such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber, Line, Tango, Google Hangouts and Samsung ChatOn, which have been downloaded over 100 million times from the Google Play Store.