Saudi Arabia Set to Allow Internet Phone Calls Starting This Week
A government spokesman revealed earlier this week that Saudi Arabia will be lifting the ban on online voice and video calls in the country.
According to Adel Abu Hameed of the CITC, users will be able to use internet calls on services such as Skype and WhatsApp around Thursday this week. Experts believe that the policy reversal is part of the Saudi government’s effort to counter the effects of low oil prices which have hit the country’s finances.
The move is expected to boost digital entrepreneurship and reduce operational costs, however, lifting the ban on VoIP, which was introduced in 2013, may have a significant impact on the Saudi’s top 3 telecoms which earn from international calls from around a million expats in the country.