Skype might have a better chance of increasing its presence in the corporate world if discussions with Avaya pan out. One of Skype’s prime investors, Silver Lake, is the “middle man” in talks between Skype and Avaya, which is also a major Silver Lake investment.
Both companies have had their hands full recently – Avaya acquiring Nortel’s enterprise division and Skype breaking away from eBay. But now, according to Information Week, Avaya’s CEO says an arrangement between the two companies could be coming.
A partnership with Avaya could certainly help Skype – whose customers, for the most part, are individual users – move more deeply into the enterprise business. The biggest thing in the way of a partnership is the fact that Skype hasn’t embraced the session initiation protocol (SIP) standard, but the parties believe that can be worked out.
Avaya is a much bigger player in the VoIP world since closing its Nortel acquisition last week.