People around the world may have seen troubles that are plaguing countries in the Middle East. There are new problems that have surfaced in some of these countries such as Oman. Providers of VoIP services are up against those who are influencing the economic growth and development of certain countries in this region. Aside from Oman, people in Kuwait also have to make use of the government communication facilities that are available as providers of VoIP services have also been banned in this country.
Omantel, a telecommunications company that is owned by the government in Oman has exercised monopoly over the communications industry in this country. Their people are not given the chance to make use of facilities that are being provided by other companies. This privilege is somehow taken for granted by people who are living in countries where free enterprise is allowed. At least there is no need to deal with call centers as this situation is considered as a weakness especially to those that provide their services using the AT&T service model.
Although the Oman government regulates the communications industry, their people are given the chance to freely communicate with one another. They also think of the possible revenue rates that they will gain while maintaining control over the freedom of their people as a means of safeguarding their political stability. However, despite the restrictions, Oman has lifted the ban so some extent. The government has allowed some VoIP service providers to operate and these include Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger,, PalTalk and MSN Messenger as well.
Kuwait on the other hand has enforced the ban on the use of VoIP services but there are lots of people in this country who are able to avail of the services. Although several VoIP sites are blocked like for example, there are still some citizens in this country who are able to gain access to the site and they are able to download the VoIP services. However, there are those who are not able succeed in connecting to the internet. There are people who are able to get the services by having it installed outside the country and most of the time; they are not caught by the authorities.
Despite the efforts of the government in regulating the use of VoIP services, people still continue trying to gain access to VoIP accounts for their own use. Recently, the government has made a new policy that brought down high speed internet rates being charged by companies that are providing VoIP services in cities like Abbassiya, Riggai as well as Kheitan. These providers have closed down their shops because the proprietors of call centers in these places can only charge a very small fee for their calls. The call centers have also been under the surveillance of the government and as such, some of them have been raided by police forces.
Internet service companies in Kuwait are monitored and when data usage goes up, the police take action to stop the operation of the communications facilities. Most of those who are affected are expatriates and foreigners who are residing in this country since they need to make international calls more frequently. People are still hopeful that the ban will be lifted as the raids are too taxing. Imposing taxes on the VoIP services being provided may be a better way for everyone to benefit from it.