Sign up for our newsletter
Technology / Cybersecurity

Saudi Arabia blocks free calls app Viber

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has blocked free calls app, Viber, for non compliance with regulatory requirements.

CITC said on its website the Viber application has been suspended and it will take appropriate action against any other applications or services, if they fail to comply with regulatory requirements and rules prevalent in the country.

Viber, which allows Android device users to send messages and speak for free, is claimed to have more than 200 million users globally.

Last month, Viber launched its latest version, offering a desktop app for OS X and Windows to compete with Skype in the free internet phone services market.

White papers from our partners

In March this year, CITC said some Internet applications don’t comply with country’s rules.

The commission asked Saudi telecom firms to allow the government to oversee the internet messaging applications.

This article is from the CBROnline archive: some formatting and images may not be present.

CBR Staff Writer

CBR Online legacy content.