Monday, April 1, 2013

Saudi Arabia may Block OTT Voice and Messaging

Mohammed Jamjoom reports to CNN (see video below) that "Saudi Arabia may block access to popular Internet messaging applications like Skype, Viber and WhatsApp if telecommunication providers there don't comply with rules and regulatory conditions, according to the country's official news agency, SPA .. the statement did not address how the applications in question -- which allow Internet users to communicate with each other via text messages and voice calls -- were violating any rules, but it did highlight the need for service providers in the country to quickly "work with the developers of these applications to meet regulatory requirements".

According to the local regulator, CITC, Saudi Arabia had 53.1M mobile subscribers of which 11.7M had mobile broadband and 2.25M fixed broadband internet subscribers at the end of Q3, 2012.

See "Saudi Arabia may block Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, others" - here.

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