Saudi Arabia lifts ban on Skype and Whatsapp voice calls

Saudi Arabia is lifting its ban on voice calls on Skype, Whatsapp and other applications in the latest in a series of reforms by the kingdom’s new crown prince designed to make the country more attractive for business, reports Telegraph.

The ministry of communications said access to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) would be “widely available to users” from Wednesday.

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It had previously blocked VoIP apps for failing to comply with “regulations”.

The government justified the ban in 2013 as a way of trying to “protect society from any negative aspects that could harm the public interest”.

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