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