Telecoms watchdog the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has announced that it will meet with consumer groups and service providers Digicel and LIME to discuss complaints regarding the cellcos’ recent blocking of unlicensed voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) applications over their networks. In its press release, the OUR noted that both operators claim that the use of such VoIP services has a negative impact on network quality, despite VoIP operators not paying for network access. As reported by CommsUpdate earlier this week, Digicel announced that it would block unlicensed VoIP applications such as Viber and Numbuzz with immediate effect, claiming that the use of its network by VoIP operators ‘amounts to illegal bypass activity.’ LIME issued a similar statement, saying that it would cease carrying Viber voice calling on its network.
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