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Belgium fines Skype for ‘escaping’ telecoms rules

The Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT) has fined VoIP operator Skype 223,454 euro for its failure to identify itself as a provider of electronic communications services via its SkypeOut service, notes TeleGeography. "BIPT judged that 'the non-compliance of the notification obligation constitutes a serious violation, which can threaten the interests of users and competitors'." SkypeOut is a paid-for service which enables users to make calls to non-Skype fixed numbers. BIPT says following its launch in 2013 it repeatedly called on Skype to issue the required notification but the operator failed to comply, so an investigation was begun in late 2014. The regulator says that Skype's failure to notify means it "escapes the rules of the Telecom Act, such as among other things rules regarding network security, data protection, access to emergency services and the possibility for users to appeal to the office of the Ombudsman for Telecommunications... This non-compliance with the law finally also means unfair competition with providers who do fulfil their obligations". Read more BIPT release: http://bit.ly/29SO1NA

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

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