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Skype has inked new call-termination agreements with Cable & Wireless and Luxembourg's B3G Telecom Technologies.

The Internet telephony outfit already has such deals in place with the likes of iBasis, Level3 and Teleglobe, who now provide global termination services for its SkypeOut service, which lets users make calls to landlines and mobiles.

The deals with C&W and B3G Telecom not only expands the number of carriers suppoting Skype but also "enhances the level of service globally". Apparently.

The Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) outfit has also signed up UK-based money service Moneybookers to help carry out online payments for its SkypeOut service.

Elsewhere, C&W and EDS have won a three-year contract worth £2.1m to run a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for brewer Scottish Courage.

As part of the deal, 66 of Scottish Courage's manufacturing, distribution and sales sites will be shunted onto a single data network, cutting the brewer's annual communications bill in half, the company claimed.

More importantly, a spokesman for the brewer said: "The system should make it easier for us to keep the beer flowing this Christmas." ®

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