Skype services back on track - Jordan

Discussion in 'VOIP' started by Knowing About, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission has decided to allow Skype
    services to resume a month after they were blocked.

    Director of the commission's regulatory department, Al Ansari Al
    Mashaqbah, confirmed yesterday that the recent decision to block Skype
    had been reversed.

    The official told The Jordan Times that the security issues, cited as
    the reason for the block, had been resolved.

    Skype is a software programme that allows users to make cheap phone
    calls over the Internet using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
    technology, which has grown in popularity in recent years.

    The commission had sent a fax to all Internet service providers in the
    Kingdom on September 13 to notifiy them of the decision to block the
    use of Skype.

    Technical support representatives at Batelco and Wanado confirmed that
    they had received word from the commission ordering them to block the
    Skype website and that all Internet service providers in the country
    had been asked to abide by this new policy.

    The fax said Skype had been blocked because of security reasons.

    The popular software programme uses an encryption method that came
    under attack recently. Technical support representatives at Wanado said
    the reasons Skype was being targeted was because of possible terrorist
    activity, and the inability to monitor Skype conversations.

    A similar instance in China's Shenzhen Province saw Skype services
    blocked for a short time until it abided by local laws. China Telecom,
    which ordered it blocked, reversed its decision after security issues
    were resolved.

    Meanwhile, Skype users in the country reacted to the order to block
    VoIP services with dismay.

    David DeBartolo uses Skype to communicate with colleagues around the
    world while living in Amman. DeBartolo, a Fulbright researcher with the
    Binational Fulbright Commission, was one of the first to discover that
    Skype services had been suspended.

    Upon contacting the commission, he received a response that Skype
    services had been blocked for security reasons.

    "Justification that it was blocked for security reasons is unfounded
    and absolute nonsense," said Omar Qawas, a professional in the IT
    business, who has been using Skype for two years to stay in contact
    with friends and colleagues around the world.

    Qawas told The Jordan Times that Skype was "a reliable alternative to
    using regular phones or mobiles, and much more cost-effective."

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    Knowing About, Oct 13, 2006
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