x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Saudi Arabia plans telecoms crackdown

Some internet-based communication tools flout Saudi Arabia's telecom laws, the regulator says, instructing telecom operators to quickly ensure these services comply.

RIYADH // Some internet-based communication tools flout Saudi Arabia's telecom laws, the regulator said yesterday, instructing telecom operators to quickly ensure these services comply.

"Some communication applications through [the] internet don't meet regulatory requirements," CITC said.

"The authority has informed licensed [telecom] providers of the need to work with the developers of these applications to quickly meet these requirements."

The statement listed Skype and Viber as well as the internet-based instant-messaging service Whatsapp. But it did not state what laws these applications had flouted, how long they would be given to comply with the regulations or what action would be taken should they fail to heed the instruction.