Skype expects 1 billion users by 2015

By Bloomberg News
May 21, 2010

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SAN FRANCISCO — Skype Technologies SA, the largest provider of international calling, said the number of registered users will nearly double to 1 billion by 2015.

Half of Skype’s registered users by that time will be business customers, who bring in 20 percent to 30 percent more revenue on average than consumers, said David Gurle, a Skype vice president.

Skype, which is based in Luxembourg and started as a free online calling service, last week began testing group video-conferencing, part of its push for corporate clients.

“This is our next big frontier,’’ Gurle said.

Skype is also working with manufacturers to preinstall its software on Panasonic Corp. and LG Electronics Inc. televisions, and on Motorola Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. mobile phones.

Revenue grew by about 30 percent to $716 million last year, Gurle said.