Mobile operators lose $100m per day to Skype

Research firm forecasts global OTT communications market will be worth $53.7 billion by 2017.

Skype is costing mobile operators $100 million per day, according to new research published this week.

Carried out by Mobile Squared on behalf of Tyntec, the study found that Skype’s 280 million active users generate 2 billion minutes of VoIP traffic per day, resulting in lost voice revenue for mobile operators. 43% of operators surveyed by Mobile Squared identified Skype as a “major threat” to their revenues, particularly since its acquisition by Microsoft in 2011.

The growing popularity of services like Skype, as well as mobile messaging services like WhatsApp, will see the revenue generated by OTT off-net traffic termination grow to $53.7 billion by 2017, Mobile Squared predicted, up from $7.9 billion in 2013.

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Source: Total Telecom  

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