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Up next: mobile video calls to TVs, PCs

business Updated: Jun 15, 2010 21:55 IST
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Making video calls from a mobile phone to TV sets or computers will be the next frontier for the telecoms industry, the head of Internet telephony pioneer Skype said on Tuesday.

Chief Executive Josh Silverman told a technology conference in Singapore that communication was moving from a "hardware-based" industry to being driven by software applications that allowing people to keep in touch using devices such as mobile phones, personal computers and televisions.

"What's the next frontier? I believe it's about ubiquity," Silverman said.

"It's about allowing you to communicate wherever and however you like. At Skype, we envision a world where communication flows like water."

"The idea is that any computing device becomes a communications device with the addition of software."

At present, mobile video calls using the system can only be made using certain handsets such as Nokia's N900 smartphone and Apple's iPhone, but the company said it plans to introduce more platforms.

By next year, eight of the leading PC makers in the world will have their products pre-loaded with Skype software, Silverman said.

The firm has also forged deals with some of the world's leading electronics makers to put its software on their products, allowing people to make free video calls to other countries from a high-definition TV.