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Skype nets carrier deals

Thu, 07/22/2004 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Skype Technologies S.A., a fledgling VoIP firm started up by the founders of the KaZaA P2P service, hopes to put itself on the map after signing deals with four carriers.

Skype, in preparation for the launch of its SkypeOut "pre-pay" voice service, has assembled termination deals with COLT, iBasis, Level 3 and Teleglobe. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Skype, which got its start as a PC-to-PC IP voice application, said the partnerships will enable users to place calls over the public switched telephone network.

"We will now move quickly and offer SkypeOut calls to landline and mobile phone numbers around the world," said company CEO Niklas Zennstrom, in a statement.

Skype said more than 7 million people have joined the company's network of users, and averages north of 400,000 active users at any point in time.

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