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March 23, 2006





no Skype VoIP licenses (enabling, for example, SkypeOut calling) are to be issued for another two years over there per government intervention. That's bad, but what's worse is apparently China Telecom's declared the software "illegal" (we assume that claim carries over to other VoIP software, too

China Telecom has described Skype's services as illegal and the newspaper said last year that China was experimenting with software in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen to block them.

China Telecom has already blocked Skype in Shenzhen, and has told customers there that the SkypeOut service is illegal. There were also reports late last year that a US-based company, Verso Technologies, was about to sell or had already sold an "anti-Skype filtering system to a leading Chinese operator," although Skype denied that this was the case.

At the moment Skype is said to have approximately nine million users in China, and, while its users can use its free computer-to-computer telephony service, calls are limited to only five minutes.

China gives Skype two year sentence for reckless telco endangerment - Engadget
China said to be ready to block Skype until 2008 - Computer Business Review
China blocks VOIP calls for two years: FT - Yahoo! News

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