MoC plans hearing to tackle international VoIP legislation

22 Oct 2009

Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) plans to hold a hearing with the intention of amending the licences of international carriers to allow them to provide voice-over-IP (VoIP) services to foreign users, Globes Online reports. At present all existing licensees are prohibited from offerings such services, although some operators do offer VoIP for overseas users, despite it being illegal. The regulator is thought to have chosen to examine and confront the issue, rather than retain its current block on such services, as it believes that it would be impractical to continue to oversee the restriction on VoIP services. While no firm details of the proposed legislation have been revealed, it is expected that international carriers will be able to offer international VoIP services via both mobile phones and computers once the MoC has amended the terms of all concessions.

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