The Week In VoIP - Skype, Ebay, Nortel, Asterisk - Aug 28, 2009

Updated: January 07, 2011

Someone Is Going To Shake Skype Loose From Ebay

Skype is far-and-away the leading personal PC-based VoIP provider globally. Recent pushed by Google with Google Voice and many other services similar to Skype have made barely a dent. The current numbers suggest that as many as 450 million people have been registered Skype users and the company expects over $600 million in revenues. But the original founders of Skype are suing Skype/Ebay to do with the underlying peer-to-peer technology that powers Skype. One suggestion is that they would like to take Skype back from Ebay and develop it further. The other rumor is that Marc Andressen's new venture capital firm is interested in buying Skype from Ebay. However, the reported asking price is $2 billion (or about $5 for every person who has ever tried Skype).

Nortel Facing Even More Bad News - The IRS wants $3 Billion

Nortel is facing a storm of bad news. It is already unloading its wireless unit to Ericsson and is rumored to be going to do the same with its VoIP division to Sonus. The proposed sale of its Enterprise division to Avaya may be blocked by the DOJ. It also apparently faces $300 million in bankruptcy-related fees, and some other bad news. The IRS has submitted a claim for $3 billion against just the US division of Nortel. Since Nortel's estimated debt is $11 billion, and it seems unable to raise more than about a third of that from sale of all assets, the IRS claim is at best insult to injury, but still...how the mighty have fallen.

Asterisk Open Source PBX To Add Skype Support

Digium, makers of the open source PBX platform, Asterisk, have announced that the beta test period for Skype for Asterisk is at an end. You can now get a single channel version of the software from the Digium Asterisk Store. basically it adds Skype support to any Asterisk server so that it can make Skype to Skype calls, receive calls from Skype and integrates Skype calling into Asterisk.

Featured Research
  • 7 Ways the Wrong Phone System Can Haunt Your Business

    The wrong phone system could be haunting your business - and we’re talking about problems more serious than ghosts and ghouls. From increased costs to issues with scaling, we’ve identified seven important ways that a less than ideal phone system could be holding you back. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference this can make to your bottom line too. more

  • Ditch Your Fax Servers

    An in-house fax server gives an IT department centralized management and monitoring over the entire enterprise's faxing. This can help your company track usage and better maintain records for auditing and record keeping. However, there are serious drawbacks that come with utilizing an in-house fax server solution and these range from security to cost-prohibitive pricing. more

  • The IT Manager's Survival Guide

    As an IT manager, maintaining physical fax servers and infrastructure is not a high priority. However, fax capability remains a business need simply because chances are your industry is dependent on its security. What if there was a way to reduce the amount of time spent handling fax complaints and maintaining physical servers? And this way took into account security, cost savings, and freed up your IT resources. Would you be interested? more

  • VoIP: Your New Secret Weapon for a Strong Year End

    As the end of 2017 nears, you may be feeling pressure to make sure you close the year out strong.If you’ve been sitting on the fence regarding VoIP, this may be the perfect time to switch. VoIP options had never been better or more full-featured than they are now, and it may be just the thing your business needs to see a productivity and profitability boost. more

  • Is Your Phone System Stealing Profits?

    Having the wrong phone system can dramatically cut into your profits. Despite this, many businesses just sign up for a plan or platform that seems ‘good enough’. If you haven’t carefully considered your options and the included features, there’s a very good chance that you are leaving money on the table in some way. more

Related Articles