Jamaican Networks Block VoIP Based OTT Apps
Published on: 11th Jul 2014
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Both of Jamaica's mobile networks, Digicel and Lime have started blocking VoiP based OTT apps.
In a statement, Digicel said that it would be blocking unlicensed telecoms providers, who just happen to be mostly OTT VoIP providers such as Line and Viber.
"Digicel believes that this unauthorised use of its network amounts to illegal bypass activity," the company said in its text message on Monday.
It estimates that nearly a million of its customers make use of mobile data services each month, and that a portion of those will be making calls over VoIP applications.
"An issue unique to the telecoms industry is over-the-top applications such as WhatsApp and Skype which erode our voice and text revenues," Barry O'Brien, CEO of Digicel Jamaica said.
Digicel's rival, Lime joined in blocking the services as well a few days later.
Viber reacted to the blocks saying that these things happen from time to time, and that it has always been able to develop a work-around.