IP telephony back and open for business

1 May 2008

The Arab Times has reported that the Kuwait Ministry of Communications re-opened IP telephony web sites on Wednesday. The move came nearly a year after the government blocked internet phone services, and has been forced after services such as Net2Phone began seeing frequent use in Kuwait, challenging the government’s hold on international calls. Kuwaiti police are accused of confiscating thousands of telephony pre-paid cards last year as part of an effort to bolster the ministry’s revenues. According to the Arab Times, the cards are now being manufactured within Kuwait and are being sold for KWD2.5, or about USD9.40 for 80 to 100 minutes.