Can Telegram Compete with Skype and Zoom?

  • Telegram is a Russian made service.
  • The new beta version includes multiple parties video calls.
  • The full rollout is expected by the end of the year.

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to be on the news forefront. There are over 24 million infected and over 828,000 infected around the globe. The Coronavirus has changed the trajectory of communication in the professional segment. Zoom became very popular during the pandemic and mandatory closures.

Zoom Video Communications, Inc. is an American communications technology company headquartered in San Jose, California. It provides videotelephony and online chat services through a cloud-based peer-to-peer software platform and is used for teleconferencing, telecommuting, distance education, and social relations.

Zoom is a videotelephony software program developed by Zoom Video Communications. It provides a video chatting service that allows up to 100 devices at once for free, with a 40-minute time restriction for free accounts having meetings of three or more participants.

Zoom continues to be on top of the App Store. Meanwhile, Telegram decided to look into the online communications tools in the spring of 2020. Telegram was designed in Russia.

Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging, videotelephony and voice over IP service. Telegram client apps are available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux and originated in Russia. Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio and files of any type.

Moreover, Telegram announced the service that will be available to use for the  group communication for educational and business purposes that will compete with Zoom and Skype. Therefore, it was planned to expand the functionality of calls, adding the ability not only to share videos, but also to add several participants to the “conversation” at once.

The conferences will appear before the end of the year, but it is not clear when in regular or group calls it will be possible to exchange video order from the desktop computer. We only know that the latest beta version of the app for iOS already has this functionality and appears to have positive reviews.

Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging, videotelephony and voice over IP service. Telegram client apps are available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux and originated in Russia.

The Telegram Beta channel has already published a video demonstrating the process, and the first to notice the new feature was the authors of Beta Info. So far, the functionality is somewhat limited compared to competitors. There is a lack of the separate window.

It should also be noted that Telegram had a failed TON software. The TON software was banned by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Additionally, Telegram has many security issues and appears not to be safe to use, as Telegram encryption is not as secure as it positions itself.

Also, Russian made technology can possibly be controlled by the Kremlin. In Russia, all major corporations have the Kremlin representatives as their board members. The government controls all the media in Russia. However, it is not as draconian as China. Well, not yet anyways.

Previously, Russia demanded excess to the Telegram users. Telegram refused. That was according to the media, but how true can this information be? It is plausible that the Russian government already has access to the application.

In order to even register a social media account in Russia, one needs to provide their identification and be verified with the phone number that is registered in their name. Hence, Telegram out of Russia can be a security risk. It is unknown how good the new features will be and security continues to be an issue.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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