Jane Mccallion - 18 Feb, 2013
Telecoms research firm TeleGeography's annual state of the market report has shown that voice over IP (VoIP) technology has become the method of choice for making international voice calls.
In 2011, total international voice traffic grew 9 per cent. However, when broken down by type of technology, traditional phone-based traffic grew 3 per cent, to 317 billion minutes, while VoIP traffic grew 25 per cent, to 150 billion minutes.
This trend towards cloud-based communication was even starker in 2012, with TeleGeography estimating global traffic grew 5 per cent to 490 billion minutes, 34 per cent of which were transported as VoIP
“While market demand for cross-border communications has not declined, hundreds of millions of consumers have discovered that they can communicate without the service of a telco,” said TeleGeography.
“The share of international traffic routed via computer-to-computer VoIP services has skyrocketed. Cross-border traffic route via Skype, by far the largest provider of ‘over-the-top’ (OTT) communications service, is projected to grow by an astonishing 51 billion minutes in 2012,” it added.http://www.itpro.co.uk/voice-recognition/19213/skype-scoops-international-voice-traffic?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ITPro%2FToday+%28IT+PRO+-+Today%29