OTT Service, Viber Evades Saudi Arabian Ban
Published on: 22nd Dec 2013
By: Ian Mansfield
The OTT calling app Viber appears to have circumvented a ban imposed on it by the Saudi Arabian regulator following reports that users are now able to download it within the Kingdom.
The app was banned earlier this year after the regulator demanded the ability to monitor phone calls made over the service. At the time the company said it was working on a way around the ban, but hasn't commented in the recent reports.
A spokesman for the regulator confirmed that the service is still banned in the country, and while "there may be some illegal way to get around the ban, the commission is dealing with that,"
They expect to re-impose the ban as soon as possible.
Although other calling apps, such as WhatsApp and Skype are also not compliant with the regulations, only Viber has been banned so far.