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Research and Markets: Emerging Business Models in Voice: The Impact of Skype and Other Private VoIP Applications

Research and Markets: Emerging Business Models in Voice: The Impact of Skype and Other Private VoIP Applications

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c15169) has announced the addition of Emerging Business Models in Voice: the Impact of Skype and Other Private VoIP Applications to their offering.

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The launch of Skype's free telephony software download in August 2003 caught the industry's imagination as it rapidly overtook more established VoIP players to attain subscriber figures never before seen in this emerging segment. The software, initially offered to the users of KaZaA's file sharing network, spread through word-of-mouth, with no traditional marketing, to claim over 7 million users in August 2004. Several copycat services have been launched this year, all offering free on-net calls within their closed user groups and offering optional extras including voicemail, conferencing and termination services to the PSTN. These all have minimal network infrastructure, relying as they do on 'peer-to-peer' topologies to support the services. These private VoIP applications (PVAs) highlight the susceptibility of traditional voice service providers, both fixed and mobile, to new business models made possible by widespread broadband access.

This report assesses the potential impact on the Western European voice market of these PVAs. It evaluates the underlying business models and quantifies their short-term impact on the core businesses of both fixed and mobile service providers. The longer-term potential for a 'critical-mass effect' of PVA users giving rise to a new market structure is also explored and the possible scale of its impact is determined. The report explains how existing service providers can protect their revenues, and evaluates the strategic alternatives available to market participants.

Emerging Business Models in Voice: the impact of Skype and other private VoIP applications answers your key questions:

- What are the existing business models in the market and how are they likely to evolve? - What are the factors required to trigger a 'critical-mass effect'? - How much do traditional operators stand to lose? - Who could take advantage of the new business models, and how? - How should traditional operators respond to this threat? - Who should read this report?

Mainstream fixed voice operators: understand the threat posed by the emerging business models, assess the scale of the potential impact and develop counter-strategies to minimise the danger

Internet Service Providers: understand where the main opportunities lie in terms of market segments, business models and distribution strategies for the launch of voice services

Specialist VoIP providers: identify the main opportunities and develop longer-term market strategies

Mobile network operators: understand the potential impact on mobile usage and revenues

Equipment vendors: understand the market drivers and identify new opportunities

Topics covered in the report include: - Voice markets face increasingly severe fragmentation - PVAs are gaining acceptance in the market - PVA business models are uncertain - A PVA critical-mass effect is possible - PVAs hasten the long-term restructuring of the voice market

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c15169

Laura Wood Senior Manager Research and Markets [email protected] Fax: +353 1 4100 980

Research and Markets

CONTACT: Laura Wood, Senior Manager, Research and Markets,
[email protected], Fax: +353-1-4100-980

Web site: http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c15169

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