1. Ebay to Acquire Skype for $2.6 Billion
Ebay has agreed to acquire Luxembourg-based Skype International S.A. for approximately $2.6 billion in cash and stock, with a performance based incentive option that could potentially add another $1.5 billion to the deal. The 2-year old PC to PC and PC to phone company recorded $7 million in revenues last year and expects to generate $60 million this year.
Ebay hasn’t clarified if Skype will be run independent of its auction site or if plans exist for a voice component to be eventually added to its online auctions.
Skype has signed up 52 million users since its inception (the company hasn’t reported how many are active). The provider, created by Niklas Zennstrˆm and Janus Friis, founders of Kazaa, used Kazaa to market the phone service, giving Skype incredible visibility.
Ebay shares were down 4.5% over the last two days and have been down nearly 40% since the beginning of the year, when its shares were trading at $60.
3. C&W Offering Pre-Paid Local VoIP in Panama
Cable & Wireless has launched a pre-paid local VoIP service to complement its ADSL service in Panama. The service, deployed to support up to 600,000 subscribers, is driven by Veraz’s softswitch and delivery platform, Verso’s service and revenue assurance platform and IP Unity’s media server, application server, and IVR.
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5. Xten Introduces TAPI Softphone
Xten Networks has introduced X-Pro TAPI, a softphone that supports CRM integration. The product also includes a programmer’s interface. The developer interfaces goes for $479. The software is also available as an upgrade to X-Pro, for a lesser cost.