Egypt bans international Internet voice calls

Mar 23, 2010
An Egyptian man tries to access a website at an Internet cafe in Cairo. Egypt has banned international calls made through mobile Internet connections, one of Egypt's top three mobile phone operators said on Tuesday, which would include internet Skype calls.

Egypt has banned international calls made through mobile Internet connections, one of Egypt's top three mobile phone operators said on Tuesday, which would include internet Skype calls.

"The National Telecom Regulatory Authority issued a decision to stop VoIP () and we stopped it on Saturday," Vodafone Egypt's external affairs director Khaled Hegazy told AFP.

The ban applies to Egypt's three mobile operators, Vodafone, Mobinil and Etisalat.

Egyptian law states that all must pass through state-owned Egypt Telecom, which recorded lower than expected earnings in 2009.

The ban has not been extended to international voice calls made over fixed-line Internet, such as through DSL.

and other providers offering VoIP services bypass standard telephone networks by channeling voice and video calls over the Internet, allowing users to make calls free of charge.

Explore further: Poor implementation may outweigh short-term benefits of Mexico's telecommunications reform

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Skype comes to iPhones on Tuesday

Mar 30, 2009

Skype has confirmed that a free software application enabling iPhone owners to use its Internet telephone service will be available in Apple's online App Store beginning Tuesday.

Yahoo! launches VoIP service

Mar 22, 2006

Yahoo! introduced Wednesday its messenger with voice system that will allow users to make phone calls via their personal computers.

Motorola and Skype announce certified Bluetooth headset

Nov 22, 2005

Motorola, Inc. and Skype today announced the first Skype-certified Bluetooth headset solution in America, the Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit. The Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit enables Skype ...

Is it RIP for VoIP in China?

Sep 12, 2005

Voice over Internet Protocol VoIP development is posing a threat to state-protected telecom carriers, calling into question China's willingness to let technology advances into the marketplace.

Recommended for you

WiFi hubs to replace New York pay phones

Nov 18, 2014

Thousands of high-tech terminals offering free WiFi and other services will soon replace New York's remaining fleet of seldom-used pay phones, the city mayor said Monday.

US spies on mobile phones from the sky, report says

Nov 14, 2014

US justice officials are scooping up mobile phone data from unwitting Americans as part of a sophisticated airborne surveillance program designed to catch criminals, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

baudrunner
not rated yet Mar 23, 2010
There's a rational argument that could be made in support of Egypt's decision. In fact, I can see that happening every where else too, once the VoIP catches on with the majority of mobile users. It's a capacity issue.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.