CITC bans Viber; Skype and WhatsApp next?

6 Jun 2013

Saudi Arabia telecommunications regulator the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has banned the usage of voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) communication application Viber due to unspecified violations of the Kingdom’s rigorous regulatory requirements. According to the press release posted on the watchdog’s website, the Commission ‘would take appropriate action against any other applications or services in the event of failure to comply with regulatory requirements and regulations in force in the Kingdom’.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the CITC previously threatened to ban VoIP services and mobile messaging services unless telecoms operators were willing to provide a monitoring service by the end of March 2013. Services such as WhatsApp, Viber and Skype were said to be in the CITC’s crosshairs at the time.

Saudi Arabia, Communications and IT Commission (CITC)