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Saudi Arabia Blocks Viber VoIP Calling Service

Saudi Arabia’s telecoms regulator has issued a statement banning the use of the Viber calling app from being supported by the mobile networks or used by customers.

“The Viber application has been suspended … and the [regulator] affirms it will take appropriate action against any other applications or services if they fail to comply with regulatory requirements and rules in force in the kingdom,” the CITC said in a statement.

Just last month, the CITC warned mobile networks that they are in breach of their licenses if they permit the use of VoIP and OTT based services on their networks without the required ability to decrypt the messages.

Twitter, WhatsApp and Skype are included in the regulator’s list of unauthorised services that the mobile networks are, at least in theory, supposed to be blocking.

The regulator had addressed a similar case with BlackBerry in 2010 when it ordered local mobile networks to suspend BlackBerry messenger services.

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