China blocks Skype web phone service

By Derek Sooman on September 12, 2005, 5:15 PM
China Telecom is making moves to block access to a computer-to-telephone call service offered internationally by Skype, it has emerged. Unfortunately, this will affect people who have registered for the SkypeOut service outside China, notably Hong Kong business people resident in China. Chinese operators are concerned about the impact of VoIP telephone services on their businesses; these threaten the core business of the state-controlled fixed-line operators, China Telecom and China Netcom. Computer to Computer communications are being tolerated by the Chinese Government, but VoIP services have them more worried. Rumour has it that the Chinese have the ability to block access to SkypeOut, but exactly how is still a mystery.

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