Skype’s Partner Says It Is Legal in China

TOM Group, which partially owns Skype’s operations in China, says that despite a government decree outlawing VoIP services, Skype is still operating legally in the country. From ABC News: The comments from TOM Group, which...

China To Go After Internet Phone Services

AP writes about the reported ban on VoIP services, including Skype, in China: A notice by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on its website this month says it’s working to fight “illegal Internet...

EBay execs say Skype growing fast – MarketWatch

From MarketWatch.com (link): EBay Inc. executives said Thursday the company’s Internet-based phone service, known as Skype, has seen explosive growth in China and that the country is now one of Skype’s biggest market. Speaking to hundreds of analysts and investors gathered at eBay’s San Jose, Calif., headquarters, Skype president and former eBay chief financial officer […]

China to open up VoIP market? – Sylvia Carr

From Silicon.com (link): Speculation is growing that China could be about to relax restrictions on its voice over IP (VoIP) market. A report last week in The Beijing News said the Chinese government has granted a VoIP licence to a southern Chinese telecoms company for a pilot programme, and telecom carriers and virtual network operators […]

Skype in China talks over new call service – Mure Dickie

From the Financial Times: Skype, the internet telephony company owned by eBay, is in talks with Chinese state-owned operators that it is optimistic will clear the way for the launch of its computer-to-telephone call service in the world’s most populous telecoms market. Niklas Zennstr√∂m, Skype chief executive, waved aside suggestions that Verso Technologies, a US […]

US company hopes to block Skype in China – Sumner Lemon

From Macworld: Verso Technologies Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia, hopes to soon win a contract to block Chinese Internet users from using eBay Inc.’s Skype VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) software, the company said Monday. A Chinese telecommunications operator has begun a paid trial of Verso’s NetSpective M-Class filter, a product that is designed to block […]

China blocks Skype web phone service – Mure Dickie

From the Financial Times: A local arm of China Telecom, the country’s biggest fixed-line telecommunications operator, has moved to block access to a computer-to-telephone call service offered internationally by Skype, the European internet telephony company. Skype does not offer the fee-paying “SkypeOut” service to mainland Chinese users of its software and the action against it […]



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