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Bahrain to study restrictions on VoIP services


July 2, 2013 3:16 by

Bahrain is to study whether to restrict Internet-based telecom services, the communications minister of the restive Arab state told Reuters, although no final decision was imminent.

Internet-based communications including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), instant messaging and social media helped activists launch and nurture the uprisings that toppled long-standing rulers in TunisiaEgyptand Libya in 2011.

Bahrain‘s Minister of State for Communications said the government did not monitor conventional telecommunications and a decision to study the use of VoIP was motivated by a variety of risks posed by the technology.

Bahrain’s government said last week it may introduce new legislation to govern VoIP to “ensure that the appropriate public policies and regulation are in place”.




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