SkypeOut and SIP?
Yesterday Skype finally announced the carriers for the SkypeOut service. iBasis, Teleglobe and two others. No surprises there. What was surprising was the quote:
A Skype spokeswoman says Skype was approached by a number of network operators with a view to terminating its commercial traffic, “but only a few could meet our interoperability requirements. We chose those that could provide SIP interoperability and a decent price.”
Is this (a) an error by the PR people, or (b) a tip of the hand to future support for SIP? If the latter, it would suggest that Skype’s strategy to support SIP will be to do it via gateways from their proprietary protocol to the rest of the net. Hmmm….