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Saudi Arabia To Lift Ban on WhatsApp, Skype Calling

Saudi Arabia announced, on Wednesday, that they are lifting the ban Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) voice and video calling services including Skype, WhatsApp and Viber effective from next week.

Abdullah Al Sawaha, Minister for communications and information technology and the chairman of the Kingdom’s telecom regulator, said the decision is taken to enable customers, including citizens and expatriates, to benefit from applications that provide voice and video call apps, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

VoIP apps such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp are banned in the Kingdom.

“This fruitful cooperation between the Kingdom’s telecom partners comes under the umbrella of ‘Customer First’, a policy in which everyone works in order to give all telecom subscribers in the Kingdom the best services that meet their expectations and satisfy their needs,” he said.

The Kingdom, considered one of the world’s fastest growing countries in terms of growth in the use of smart phones, has the highest average use of Internet by mobile networks globally.

With Saudi’s National Transformation Program of 2020 and the Kingdom’s Vision of 2030, this surely seems a step to open up their digital market.

Courtesy: Express Tribune

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