Thursday, March 23, 2006

VoIP Blocked in China

From The Inquirer:

"Chinese Mandarins have got the pip over Voice over IP and have banished the technology from the Kingdom for two years.

According to the Financial Times, the move has come as the Chinese government has started to wake up to the fact that its state run telephone company might be a bit inefficient and expensive.

To protect the outfit, the government has decided to prevent Tom Online, which is backed by Skype, from getting a licence to run computer to telephone calls."

China Net Investor: Computer to computer Voice over IP calls will not be affected (so far?) by this decision

More from Business Week: China Puts VoIP Providers on Hold Until 2008


At 9:55 AM, Blogger Fons Tuinstra said...

Nothing has been blocked up to now and it is unlikely to happen. Technically is has always been illegal to call over the internet, but an increasing number of people does. There are so many alternative, apart from Skype, implementing a ban will not work out.


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