Skypin' all over the world
We've expected for some time that more was to come from Skype in the Asian partnership arena, and our sense was that there was a vague kimchi aroma on the wind. Today Skype announced a partnership with Daum of South Korea. This now puts Skype in four of the most interesting and robust broadband markets in the world - Taiwan, China, Japan and South Korea. If the more recently signed agreements repeat the effects apparently delivered by the Taiwan deal, we are probably looking at the Asian century of Skype. On demographics alone it's a pretty good bet.