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Is it legal to avail VOIP services like Action VOIP, Yahoo Massenger or Viber (the latest craze) in Kuwait?

We want to clear some doubts on whether the use of Skype or Yahoo messenger is illegal in Kuwait or not. There have been many views on this subject over the last few months . Also we would like to know whether it is legal to avail VOIP services like Action VOIP, Yahoo Massenger or Viber (the latest craze) in Kuwait?.

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Answer: We have answered this question a number of times, the last time being a few months ago, and the Arab Times has also addressed this issue a number of times but the following answer is reproduced for those who harbor doubts on the issue.

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is banned in Kuwait; however, there are plenty of unblocked VoIP sites easily available on the Internet.

A majority of expatriates use VoIP to talk to their families and friends back home regularly from their computers at home, and many are not even aware that it’s illegal, exposing a grey area of Internet regulations in Kuwait.

While the VoIP services are illegal in Kuwait, so far the authorities are only targeting those who use these services for commercial purposes.

Some of these services have been blocked but internet users manage to get past these blocks.

The authorities have managed to block some of the VoIP sites and are said to be planning to act strictly on the issue for quite a while but have been unable to do so due to some technical difficulties (according to some experts).

So far only the traders in these services are being targeted.

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