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eBay/Skype buys Camino Networks

... and parent Sonorit

   
11:35 am on Apr 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Skype, the global Internet communications company, today announced that it has acquired Sonorit Holding AS and its US subsidiary Camino Networks, Inc., a provider of voice technology for the Internet. The acquisition will allow Skype to add some of the leading experts in online voice engineering to its own team of technologists to help design and develop Skype for the future.

About Sonorit

Based in San Francisco, with additional offices in Aalborg, Denmark, and Stockholm, Sweden, Sonorit, and its US subsidiary Camino Networks, is a start-up company building unique solutions for high quality speech processing, coding, and transmission for the next generation of Internet-based networks.

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I'm surprised not to see anything about this on eBay's website....

8:03 pm on Apr 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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What good has come out of Ebay's purchase of Skype?
8:20 pm on Apr 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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lots of money, more market share--more prospective customers. they're a leader in a field that will show exponetial growth.

they can also integrate their services through a new medium. PayPal has gone to phone--maybe it'll be integrated even moreso with skype. Possibilities are endless.

8:52 pm on Apr 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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We talk about VOIP, but when are we actually going to have infrastructure to support real-time transmission of data?
12:08 am on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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...but when are we actually going to have infrastructure to support real-time transmission of data?

I am not sure I understand can you please clarify what do you mean (maybe in what context, example, etc.)?

12:32 am on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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VOIP has potential to grow, but you first need to address the issue of transmitting voice on a data network. SkyPE nor any other service will have critical mass until voice vs data issue is addressed:

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5:55 am on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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depends on how you look at it. the infrastructure is there in certain cities and most commercial parks. there's a good user base for both vonage and skype. granted, some are willing to sacrifice quality for the huge savings that come which such services. however, as a happy user of both vonage/skype, i think this already has applications. there's no doubt the infrastructure will continue to be beefed up to support this industry.
7:10 am on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I think VOIP makes perfect sense on private networks, but I will not use it as a consumer until it reaches the quality level (in terms of reliability and availability) as today's PTSN.
7:21 am on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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transmitting voice on a data network

I think that's one of the reasons Skype bought Camino.

Incidentally, IP transmission has come on a long way since that article you linked to was written 2 years ago. Many smaller VoIP hosting entities have peering arrangements and fibre RTP "rings". I expect that to grow heavily.

Most of the time now when I use VoIP (I have good backbone connectivity), I can't tell the difference between it and a PSTN call.

TJ

12:44 pm on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Good news lets see how they can implement different idea and bring forth their technology.