Uncommon Wisdom

Mar 24 2009   2:02PM GMT

Skype and the enterprise voice connection

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

Skype is testing a new client that will allow Skype calls to be made from corporate phone systems using, we’re told, a SIP-to-Skype gateway that would be compatible with the VoIP used by most businesses.

This would let businesses bypass traditional telephony for expensive calls, especially international ones, and it would also put further pressure on the more traditional VoIP/IMS model for next-gen voice services by setting a very low floor price.

At some point, telcos will have to face the fact that net calling may not be perfect, but the price is right, and users will take time to try a couple of cheap options before they fall back to more expensive service options. Thus, telco long-distance voice at a premium may be the choice only if nothing cheaper works, and that will erode the value proposition considerably.

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