|Accton Teams with Skype to Make Internet Free Calling Even More Accessible|
HSINCHU, TAIWAN and LUXEMBORG – NOVEMBER 5, 2005 – HSINCHU, TAIWAN andLUXEMBORG – NOVEMBER 5, 2005 – Accton Technology Corporation of Taiwan (TAIEX: 2345, www.accton.com), the company that makes partnership work, and Skype, the pioneering Global Internet Communications Company which makes it possible for anyone with an Internet connection to make free high-quality phones, today announced that the two are teaming to develop a range of Skype-enabled devices to be offered to Accton’s global OEM customers.
One of the first global vendors to do so, Accton will begin embedding Skype technology into an array of standalone devices to enable consumers and business users to take advantage of the free and low-cost calling options offered by Skype - without a PC.
“We’re excited to be working with Accton to help develop new products for Skype consumers ,” said David Johnson, Director, Business Development, Skype.“Accton’s worldwide network of ODM vendors means that these Skype-enabled devices will be more widely available, and thus greatly increase the demand in the consumer market for Internet telephony.”
“Skype offers huge benefit to businesses like ours, doing business around the world, by offering an alternative to expensive long-distance and International phone calling,” said Ken Lu, Accton’s Executive Vice President of Research and Development.“We’re pleased to team with them to offer products that will extend those benefits beyond the PC. “
Both orgainziations will continue to work together in the future to deliver Skype embedded products that enhance the user experience in broadbandcommunications
About Accton Technology Corporation
Accton Technology Corporation (TAIEX: 2345) is a global premier provider of networking and communications solutions for top tier networking, computer, and telecommunications vendors.Leveraging its advanced software applications and state-of-the-art ASIC, Accton collaborates with its strategic partners to design, develop and manufacture innovative, leading-edge technologies.The company’s constantly-evolving core technology, highly-qualified employees and aggressive cost engineering make it possible for Accton to deliver superior products that are as affordable as they are robust.For more information about Accton and its subsidiaries, visit www.accton.com.
About Skype Technologies SA
Skype, the Global Internet Communications Company™, allows people everywhere to make free, unlimited, superior quality voice calls via its award-winning innovative peer-to-peer software for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Pocket PC platforms. Skype is available in 27 languages and is the fastest growing voice communications offering worldwide. Since its launch in August 2003, Skype has been downloaded more than 186 million times in 225 countries and territories. 61 million people are registered to use Skype's free services, with more than 3 million people using Skype simultaneously at any one time. Skype earns revenue through its premium service offerings, and has a growing network of global affiliates, and a community of developers working with the Skype APIs. Skype Technologies SA is headquartered in Luxembourg and has offices in London and Estonia. www.skype.com