Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Skype is enjoying the hype

'Niklas Zennström made a name for himself as cofounder of the Kazaa peer-to-peer (P-to-P) file sharing service. Now the entrepreneurial Swede hopes to make his latest venture, the Skype P-to-P voice service, a household brand.

In recent weeks, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Luxembourg-based Skype Technologies SA has signed a string of deals with wireless handset manufacturers. Carrier Devices Ltd., for instance, has agreed to install proprietary Skype VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) software in its i-mate branded Pocket PC phones with Wi-Fi capability. Motorola Inc. is also on board to integrate Skype software into a number of its new wireless devices. Another big-name manufacturer on the list is Siemens AG.

In a crowded booth with music blaring in the background, soft-spoken Zennström fielded a number of questions from IDG News Service.'
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