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Technology minister says public to know OUR's VoIP probe results soon

Published:Friday | November 7, 2014 | 2:26 PM
Phillip Paulwell - File

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell says the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) is expected to announce, in the coming weeks, the findings of its probe into the decision of telecoms companies to bar Jamaicans from using mobile applications to make free phone calls over the Internet.

The matter has been under investigation by the OUR since July.

Paulwell says he recently received an update from the OUR and he expects the public will be provided with the details soon.

says public to know OUR's VoIP probe results soon

Consumers have accused telecoms companies of being draconian in their decision to block mobile apps, such as Viber, which allow free calls and text messages over the Internet.

They have argued that they should be free to use their data services without any restrictions.

However, the companies insisted that the mobile apps undermine their networks and they should be compensated.


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