Fridays headline fromÂ Telegeography reads International carriers’ traffic grows despite Skype popularity.Â Telegeography compares 2005 to 2006 share of minutes for Skype, VoIP carriers and Switched Traffic carriers.Â There’s a pair of pretty pie charts which shows that total traffic increased from 272 billion minutes in 2005 to 313 billion in 2006.Â VoIP traffic moved from 16.6% to 19.8%, and Skype traffic from 2.8% to 4.4%.Â Naturally, the switched guys lost share.
4.4% of the global long distance traffic passing through Skype is a pretty amazing statistic.Â However, the absolute numbers tell an evenÂ more interesting tale.
|Â||Â 2005||Â 2006||Â Annual Growth Rate|
|Â VoIP||Â 45.2||Â 62.0||Â 37%|
|Â Switched||Â 219.2||Â 273.3||Â 8%|
|Â Skype||Â 7.6||Â 13.8||Â 81%|
|Â Total||Â 272||Â 313||Â|
While in absolute terms, switched traffic continues to grow, it’s clearly growing much more slowly than VoIP, or Skype traffic.Â Skype has nearly doubled its volume in just 12 months.Â Telegeography forecasts that Skype will do 27 billion minutes of traffic this year.Â If total traffic increases at the stately 15% of the past year, then Skype’s share by end of 2007 will be 7.5%.Â And, if VoIP traffic continues to grab share as it has previously, thenÂ growth in switched trafficÂ will slow to a measly 4.6%.
Not bad for a band ofÂ latter dayÂ Robin Hood’s from Estonia.Â