Does Skype have Infrastructure?

9 thoughts on “Does Skype have Infrastructure?”

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  2. The real question is what fraction of calls touch the infrastructure.

    For Vonage, every call touches their directory server, and I suspect 99% of calls go through their SIP-PSTN gateways.

    SkypeIn and SkypeOut calls must be handled like Vonage calls, but what fraction of pure Skype calls touch Skype-owned infrastructure? It could be a small number.

    I don’t see why there is any controversy over this. To connect to the PSTN you need some infrastructure somewhere (AFAIK); to claim otherwise is just not credible. Whether the infrastructure is owned by Skype or one of their partners doesn’t matter IMO; the customer is paying for it one way or the other.

  3. Wes,

    i think it is not a controversy, just a healthy debate. i suspect as they roll out more and more money making services – important for a corporation – they will be needing more of this infrastructure which is going to increase their hardware costs, and cost of operations. in other words we would have to value skype differently,

  4. Speaking of how to value Skype gives me a thought. The part of Skype that is free is free to run. The part of Skype that costs money, costs money to run. It’s so boring when you look at it that way, though…

  5. Wes

    boring as it might be, the damn laws of economics come in the way of progress sometimes. anyway i hope they make enough money to be around and put pressure on the competitors who will now have to be spectacularly brilliant in terms of offering services to consumers.

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