Saudi Arabia government decided to lift the ban on voice calls on free calling apps such as Skype, Whatsapp, and other applications. This great decision reforms to make the Saudi Arabia more attractive for business.
The kingdom has previously banned internet calls, also known as Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) – restricting the opportunity of Nationals and residents to call with the other countries. The Saudi government banned in 2013, that of trying to “protect Saudi from any negative things that may harm the public interest”.
In the years since internet calls have become more popular in international commerce and Saudi said it was lifting the ban as a way of energizing the economy.
Access to Voice Over Internet Protocol(VOIP) will minimize operational and communication costs and that helps the digital entrepreneurship – that’s the main reason behind this important step.
The ban already lifted and users are now able to make free calls with Skype, Whatsapp, Apples’s Facetime and other free calling apps.
Many smart phone users in Saudi Arabia, used virtual private network (VPN), to overcome the ban, this program show you are somewhere else and that helps you escape from Saudi’s internet laws. But even with this sometimes voice calls are slow and calls are crashed. Now everybody able to make free calls without a VPN.
Some free calling apps such as IMO and Line, are worked smoothly in this period without VPN. Millions of foreigners in Saudi connecting with their family with these apps. Now they will get more apps and opportunities to make clear video and voice calls without legal troubles.
The decision will affect negative impact on STC, Mobily, and Zain which are Saudi’s main telecoms companies. They are making their main revenue from international phone calls made the millions of foreigners residing in Saudi Arabia.
The youthful population of Saudi Arabia has one of the largest per capita rates in the usage of social media. However, the country has large internet censorship, they blocking porn and other critical websites.
The government decision is a happy news for millions of foreigners who reside in Saudi Arabia.