Skype needs more paid services

Tuesday 11 January 2011 | 16:20 CET | Author: Ed Achterberg, Tim Poulus | Market Commentary
Skype is generating the expected noise ahead of its IPO, with a number of reports both positive and negative. Its prospectus is already a half-year old, and the IPO should be expected sometime in 2011. However, uncertainty over its business model is still generating headaches: the number of users continues to grow strongly, but the proportion of paying customers remains tiny. Mid-2010 Skype had 560 million users, of which we estimate around 90 million could be considered active. Of those, 8 million were paying customers, that is, users with a SkypeOut account (for SkypeOut or Skype Access for

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