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Is Skype a Web Application or a Telecom Innovation?

Posted by tggokul on August 29, 2007

The last two days has seen considerable discussions on the Internet thanks to some hard-talk by Mark Cuban ( Btw, I am an ardent fan of MC. How can you not like a guy who fights with NBA officials?).

Vijay toes a similar lines when comparing Telecom Innovation v/s  Internet Revolution. A very interesting read. My contention though is that there is so little to separate between the two. I say Skype is a telecom innovation. Skype is a Telco, so will be every other web companies ( like Google) soon. So where do we differentiate? Am very interested to know what all of you think about this.


2 Responses to “Is Skype a Web Application or a Telecom Innovation?”

  1. kamalraj said


  2. whitelassiblog said

    With the advent of VoIP and IMS, the boundaries between the telco world and the internet world have blurred.

    Skype can be characterized as a telco innovation. Consider an application server plugged into IMS that allows interoperability between traditional SIP based calls and Skype calls. Consider a scenario, where i can add Skype users in my Presence enabled IMS client and initiate multimedia commnication with them. These are all IMS use cases.

    Some years back, when IMS had not taken off…and the idea of telco-web convergence was a distant dream, maybe Skype would have seemed as a cool web 2.0 app.

    Just my 2 cents..


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