24 March 2010

EG - Skype questions Egypt ban on mobile Internet calls

Internet telephony firm Skype has questioned Egypt's move to ban international calls made through mobile Internet connections and said markets should be left open for consumers to choose. National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority head Amr Badawy told Reuters earlier this month it will ban international calls through mobile Internet connections. The ban applies to Egypt's three mobile operators - Mobinil, Etisalat Egypt and Vodafone Egypt - offering Internet access for computers via USB and other mobile modems, as well as mobile handsets. It does not apply to fixed lines. Egyptian law requires international calls to pass through a network of state-controlled, fixed-line monopoly Telecom Egypt.