Compilation | March 2006 (Revised December 2009)

Skype

by Peter A. Coles and Thomas R. Eisenmann

Abstract

Presents eBay's rationale for its $2.6 billion acquisition in late 2005 of Skype, a fast growing voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) provider. Describes Skype's history, technology, business model, and competition, as well as government regulation of VoIP services.

Keywords: Mergers and Acquisitions; Business Model; Communication Technology; Growth and Development Strategy; Network Effects; Competitive Strategy; Internet; Technology Networks; Telecommunications Industry;

Citation:

Coles, Peter A., and Thomas R. Eisenmann. "Skype." Harvard Business School Compilation 806-165, March 2006. (Revised December 2009.)