Is VoIP legal around the world?

Is VoIP legal around the world?
15th July 2018 Comments Off on Is VoIP legal around the world? Business,Guide,Telecoms VIP VoIP Website Admin

There’s no doubt that VoIP’s popularity is increasing on a daily basis. People from around the world are using famous VoIP applications such as Viber and WhatsApp to send messages and call their friends and beloved ones. However, despite the limitless features of VoIP, you’ll be surprised to know that it’s blocked in many countries around the world for different reasons.

Investment and revenue

For some countries, such as UAE and Qatar, international calling fees are a major source of income. VoIP was being used by a huge number of users to make international calls as it’s cheaper and can offer a better call quality with a sufficient internet connection. This created an economical issue for the dominate, government owned telecom service providers and directly lowered their revenue. The government restricted VoIP services to protect their investments and regain both control and income.

Security and privacy

In 2013, VoIP was banned in Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) stated it was to “protect society from any negative aspects that could harm the public interest”, though critics believe it was to gain more control over cyberspace to limit communications. However, the ban was lifted in September 2017 to stimulate the economy and encourage the growth of internet-based businesses.
Other countries, such as Algeria, blocked famous VoIP applications during exams period to prevent students cheating. Some other countries argue their blocking approach is for security reasons in times of political unrest, this is heavily connected to the fact that the failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016 was planned and organized on WhatsApp mobile messaging service.

So, which countries block VoIP?

Here’s a list of countries that currently block VoIP or have restricted the access to voice calling services. Please note that this list may change with time depends on new legislations or arrangements in each country.

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Country

Restriction

Belize

Only offers government owned VoIP service

Brazil

Only allows VoIP calling through government owned services.

Caribbean Region

Blocks VoIP and Skype

China

Blocks all VoIP services except those done through China Unicom and China Telecom.

Cuba

Citizens have no access to computers, mobiles are very expensive and the internet connection is too slow.

Egypt

The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in Egypt denied blocking any VoIP applications, but users are facing difficulties to make calls through them without VPN.

Iran

It’s not clear if VoIP is blocked or not, but users reported connection difficulties with Skype.

Jordan

Blocks Skype and VoIP.

Mexico

Blocks VoIP services.

Pakistan

Blocks VoIP

South Korea

Connections with VoIP apps are unpredictable at best.

North Korea

Blocks VoIP

Kuwait

Blocks VoIP and Skype

UAE

Blocks VoIP and Skype

Oman

Blocks VoIP and Skype

Morocco

Blocks VoIP

Paraguay

Blocks VoIP and Skype

Jordan

Blocks VoIP and Skype

Israel

Blocks VoIP

Qatar

Blocks VoIP and Skype

Looking forward…

Blocking VoIP creates many challenges for people and businesses around the world, especially with the increasing need for such advanced technology that facilitates daily life and brings people and workers closer together at lower costs. However, the laws are changing and there are many negotiations between big tech companies such as Apple and Microsoft and some of the countries that blocks VoIP such as UAE to lift their ban on Skype and FaceTime. We hope that these negotiations will succeed as this will significantly help small and medium businesses to grow globally, encourage the establishment of internet-based businesses and bring people closer with their families abroad.

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