World VoIP NewsChinese decision on third parties VoIP services in the country
Chinese decision on third parties VoIP services in the country
The Chinese authorities, namely telecommunications regulator has declared Internet phone services other than those delivered and provided by China Telecom and China Unicom as unlawful, which is resulting to make services like Skype to be eliminated in the country.
The move was heavily criticized as an aggressive measure to protect the State’s monopoly of telecom carriers, as per recent Xinhua agency media reports.
The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology informed that all VoIP phone services are illegal on the Chinese mainland, except those provided by telecommunications carriers China Telecom and China UNI0N. There was no forwarded any timetable on when the ruling takes effect. "We are carrying out with relevant authorities a campaign to crack down on illegal Voice over Internet Protocol phone services", the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a circular posted online.
Everybody knows how Internet-based service helps people save on phone calls. Particularly for China, a phone call to Japan or South Korea costs about 3.99 yuan (60 US cents) a minute, compared with 10 US cents a minute or even free for Skype users. The decision is expected to render not only Skype, but all other foreign VoIP telephony services unavailable in China.
"It's ridiculous," said Kan Kaili, a professor at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. "VoIP is a popular technology worldwide."
“Skype is not banned,” Jennifer Caukin, a Palo Alto, California-based spokeswoman for the service provider, said in an e-mail. “Our users in China currently can access Skype via Tom Online, our majority joint venture partner.”
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