Tom Online and Luxembourg-based Skype Technologies S.A. entered into an agreement to bring to Chinese Internet users a new communication tool and instant messaging service. Co-branded as Tom-Skype in China, the service was launched on October 25 solely through Tom Online.
"Since its launch a little more than a year ago, Skype’s user base has grown rapidly to more than 13 million worldwide, with up to one million concurrent users."
"“As a pioneer of peer-to-peer technology, Skype is certainly living up to the hype. We are excited to partner with Skype to introduce such cutting-edged technology to Internet users in China.” said Wang Lei Lei, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of TOM Online. “Skype has revolutionized the instant messaging market in the world. I’m sure it would be as popular in China. "