After four years of being blocked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the ban on VoIP-base Apps such as Skype, Viber, Whatsapp and more is no longer in effect.
In a tweet by the Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), they are removing the block because of user needs and global trends.
— هيئة الاتصالات CITC (@CITC_SA) September 20, 2017
Spokesman for the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Mr. Adel Abu Hameed said in his official announcement (Arabic); VoIP-based apps and internet applications that meets the requirements in the Kingdom will no longer be blocked in the country.
He also mentioned that TimeTime, Snape Chat, Skype, Line, Telegram, Tango and other applications meets the regulatory requirements and will be available to all users of telecommunications services.
Here’s a lose translation of CITC Spokemon Mr. Adel Abu Hameed announcement;
The Spokesman for the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Mr. Adel Abu Hameed, announced that starting today (September 20), the lifting of the ban on all applications that provide voice and video communications over the Internet that meet the regulatory requirements in the Kingdom, starting on Thursday, 1 Muharram 1439H (12.00) AM.
He added that applications that meet the regulatory requirements will be available to all users of telecommunications services, for example, FaceTime, SnapChat, Skype, Line, Telegram, Tango and other applications, except those applications that are very limited to meet regulatory requirements.
This decision comes in line with the recent trends in the ICT sector; the reliance on data revenues (Internet delivery) and added services is the global trend that operators in the Kingdom should take. He added that the Authority is working with all stakeholders to provide all the telecom subscribers in the Kingdom of the finest services that meet their aspirations and satisfy their needs.
In a state of economic crunch, the Saudi government should be able to get additional revenue from the increase data usage, since more 1 million expats, who are working in the Kingdom rely on VoIP-base Apps to stay in touch with their family in their home country.
Source: The Verge
Last modified: September 21, 2017