According to the Shanghai Daily, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has declared that the country will ban all voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) services except those provided by China Telecom and China Unicom. The announcement immediately provoked criticism in the media from those calling it a measure to protect the dominance of state-owned telcos. The Chinese telecoms regulatory authority’s announcement ruled that VoIP telephony would be made illegal on the Chinese mainland unless provided by the aforementioned companies, but it gave no timetable on when the measure would take effect. The decision is expected to make Skype, UUCall and other similar services unavailable in China. ‘It’s ridiculous. VoIP is a popular technology worldwide,’ said Kan Kaili, a professor at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.