Egypt’s State-owned telco bans VoIP calls on mobile phones after revenues drop


Shortly after reporting a 13% fall in annual revenues in March 2010, Telecom Egypt simply banned international VoIP calls made from mobile devices altogether.

The ban affects the country’s main three mobile operators – Mobinil, Etisalat Egypt and Vodafone Egypt – all of which offer Internet access via mobile phones and USB dongles.

Skype responded with a warning that restricting such services, as Oman and the United Arab Emirates have also done, would not be effective in the long term. “In general, we believe that it should be up to consumers, not regulatory authorities, to choose the winners and losers in the communications space,” the company wrote in a statement. “That is what happens in competitive markets.”

(Source: Information Age)