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Skype is leader on VoIP in North America
Posted on 9-Aug-2005 23:29. | Tags Filed under: News.

Sandvine, an equipement maker specialising in broadband network, has released the results of survey showing that Skype is leading the VoIP provider pack in North America.

According to the company, 2004 was termed the 'year of VoIP rollouts' and the first half of 2005 has seen explosive consumer adoption. Yankee group projects that by year-end 2008, VoIP will serve 17.5 million U.S. households.

With over 1,100 VoIP providers identified, Skype takes the lead and garners an astounding 35.8% of all VoIP calls in the US.

Skype goes even further taking 46.2% when it comes to share of minutes. Other PC-based VoIP services like Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL chat are distant seconds.

Third party paid VoIP providers represent 35.7% of all VoIP minutes. Broadband service providers hold the strongest position in this category since joining the race, quickly closing the gap with an 18.1% share of all VoIP minutes on their network. Vonage, Primus, and AT&T CallVantage capture the next three positions.

"VoIP consumes minimal bandwidth on a broadband service provider's network. Understanding which subscribers are using VoIP, how much of it, and for how long gives service providers actionable data to prioritize VoIP traffic and ensure optimal quality of experience," said Tom Donnelly, Sandvine executive vice president, marketing and sales.

"VoIP represents a small percentage of bandwidth, but a very large revenue opportunity for broadband service providers," said Lindsay Schroth, senior analyst, Broadband Access Technologies, Yankee Group. "Broadband providers can capitalize on this opportunity by protecting their subscribers' VoIP service and delivering a consistent, reliable, and high-quality service."

Sandvine intelligent broadband management solutions monitor traffic across service provider networks representing over 40% of the US broadband market.

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