Skype international usage - 2012

According to a new study, Skype now accounts for one-third of all international phone traffic across the world.

According to a new report from TeleGeography (PDF), the growth in Skype usage now sees the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) provider accounting for about one-third of all international phone calls. This information is based on just Skype-to-Skype calls and doesn’t take into account Skype-to-phone calls.

The latest numbers show that international phone call traffic grew by 5 percent last year to 490 billion minutes, and Skype accounted for 167 billion minutes. That represented a growth of 44 percent for the company, and was an increase of 51 billion minutes, more than twice what all the combined carriers in the world saw.

In short, Skype has become a major player in the world of international phone calls, and it isn’t too hard to envision a day where it surpasses the traditional phone lines.