New VoIP clampdown in Lebanon

25 Jun 2010

Last week Lebanon’s Ministry of Telecommunications (MoT) announced a new campaign to crack down on the country’s black market in voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) telephony when it ‘activated new hardware and software equipment to enforce the ban on VoIP communications,’ according to TMCNet quoting local reports. The ministry reckoned that the new measures ‘effectively block internet telephony for good.’ The news potentially holds dire consequences for some businesses including call centres which operate using IP-based technology on an unlicensed basis. The reports also claimed, though, that the government-installed systems have not yet prevented popular software-based VoIP service Skype from working in the country. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the ban on VoIP in Lebanon was first declared in 1999, whilst providers such as Skype and Vonage were placed on a proxy blacklist.