Saudis Could Lose Skype

A telecommunications regulator in Saudi Arabia has reportedly warned that Skype could be blocked in the country.

The regulator is said to have requested a means to monitor the application, and Skype bosses have been given seven days to reply.

Viber and WhatsApp have also been hit by the demand, which is yet to be publicly explained.

Resistance to the changes could lead to a complete block of the services.

Saudi newspapers have already been inundated with messages from expatriate workers opposing the proposed changes, which would seriously impact on their only realistic means of regular communication with family and friends back overseas.

Saudi blogger Ahmed Omran believes telecom companies could run the risk of upsetting customers by accepting the regulator's request due to the loss of revenue they suffer from free apps.

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