Russian authorities to block Skype?

Russia to block Skype?Russia may curb the development of VoIP telephony, notably Skype, in the country. The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) intends to propose amendments that would regulate internet telephony in Russia and protect the interests of Russian mobile operators. One of the arguments that the RSPP has taken up is that calls through Skype cannot be wiretapped.

Mr Valery Yermakov, first deputy director general of the Russian mobile operator, MegaFon, pointed out that VoIP calls can be made without any control by state authorities whatsoever. In particular, he mentioned software like Skype, which are not connected to Russia’s state wiretapping system (SORM).

RSPP will draft proposals for regulating IP telephony in Russia that would give precedence to Russian telecom operators. Mr Yermakov said local telecoms have two options: either to fight against VoIP services or begin providing those services themselves. While MegaFon has chosen the second option, one can be sure that its VoIP service will meet the RSPP’s requirements…

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