Saudi Arabia to lift ban on VoIP

Saudi Arabia to lift ban on VoIP
CITC will oversee the review of applications to meet regulatory requirements
Published: 14 September 2017 - 4:13 a.m.
By: CommsMEA staff writer

The ban on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls will be lifted in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia within a week, according to Saudi Arabia's Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al-Sawaha. 

On his official twitter handle, Al-Sawaha further added that CITC will oversee the review of applications to meet regulatory requirements, and will work with telecommunications companies to allow unblocking on conformity with requirements. He also said that the said that coordination between CITC and the Kingdom's telecom service providers is underway to enable customers, citizens and residents, to benefit from applications that provide voice and video communications over the Internet.

ستُشرف @CITC_SA على مراجعة استيفاء التطبيقات للمتطلبات التنظيمية، وستعمل مع شركات الاتصالات لإتاحة ورفع الحجب عن ما يتوافق مع المتطلبات.

— عبدالله عامر السواحه (@aalswaha) September 13, 2017

بالتعاون مع شركائنا في قطاع الاتصالات لتفعيل قيمة #العميل_أولاً، وجّهنا برفع الحجب عن تطبيقات المكالمات خلال أسبوع.
ولازلنا نطمح للمزيد.

— عبدالله عامر السواحه (@aalswaha) September 13, 2017

A report by Saudi Press Agency says: "This step is an extension of previous steps to raise the level of "transparency and clarity" in the sector, including the recent launch of the quarterly index of the classification of telecommunications service providers in terms of complaints filed by subscribers against service providers, as well as verification of the application of the user protection document and the commitment of service providers to transparency and clarity In the implementation of fair use policy, and will be followed by several initiatives that the ministry and the Authority are working in partnership with service providers to improve the sector and improve the customer experience and develop a digital society in line with the objectives of the vision of the Kingdom 2030." 

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