Skype, Charter Communications and Covad Heating up VoIP

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Skype, Charter Communications and Covad Heating up VoIP

Skype recently launched the beta version of a Mac OS X client for their VoIP service. With over 20 million downloads and nine million users, these guys are taking the VoIP world by storm. SkypeOut lets Skype users connect to PSTN customers at around 2 cents per minute and Mac users for the first time can get connected to the largest peer to peer VoIP network on the planet. For more on this announcement please check out Up for grabs: Skype for Mac in Beta by TMCnets Johanne Torres. We are so excited to have Niklas Zennstrom, the co-founder of Skype keynoting TMC's Internet Telephony Conference and Expo next month in Los Angeles California. This will be his first presentation in the US and will take place via video conferencing technology provided by Polycom. Competition is heating up in VoIP as virtually all large and small cable companies are getting into the game. In fact, Internet Telephonys own Greg Galitzine wrote about cable company Charter Communications getting into VoIP in his blog. In other interesting news, Covad Communications has recently announced business class VoIP in Houston, Las Vegas, Miami and Portland. It is really amazing how fast this market is growing. We have yet to see this amount of activity in the 76 issues of Internet Telephony magazine (well the 76th issue will be out as soon as I finish blogging and get back to my Publishers Outlook Column)


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