Recently the TeleGeography Report released its annual study of the international long-distance market. The analysis and research report shows that international voice data has increased dramatically since 2005, especially within the VoIP realm.

In 2012 alone, international telephone traffic grew five percent to 490 billion minutes. This is due to factors including increased mobility usage in developing countries and cheaper international call prices. “VoIP technology is especially important in regards to international calling, because international Internet connection is exponentially cheaper than International phone lines,” said VoIP expert Rachel Greenberg.

TeleGeography estimates that cross-border Skype-to-Skype voice and video traffic grew 44 percent in 2012, to 167 billion minutes. This represents an increase of nearly 51 billion minutes – more than twice what was achieved by all international carriers in the world combined, indicating that consumers are utilizing Skype voice rather than actual phones. However, if Skype’s traffic is added to the volume of international phone calls, international voice traffic grew 13 percent in 2012.