VoIP Blocking in Saudi Arabia using Narus Software
VoIP blocking in Saudi Arabia has been around for sometime and was aided by the introduction of the VoIP blocking software provided by the Californian Company Narus. The reasons the Saudi government block VoIP is to protect the national telephone carrier Saudi Telecom from potential competition. By prohibiting VoIP calls people based in Saudi Arabia are forced to use the more expensive Saudi Telecom service.
Like many countries and organizations Saudi Telecom previously had no way to block VoIP services. However the introduction of VoIP blocking software from the Californian company Narus and other companies has allowed them to identify and prevent VoIP traffic traveling through the telephone network. Previously VoIP traffic could not be distinguished from other types of internet traffic but now Narusís software can analyze the packets of data flowing through a network and analyze what protocols they adhere to thus allowing them to identify VoIP traffic including traffic on the Skype network.
The practice of blocking certain types of internet traffic is becoming more and more common across the globe and in most countries is perfectly legal and in the case of VoIP blocking is often supported by governments, especially those which use a single national carrier such as Saudi Telecom in Saudi Arabia. Belize and Qatar and China are among the many countries blocking VoIP traffic.
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