Kuwait MPs pave way for setting up telecoms regulator

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Kuwaiti MPs have unanimously voted in favor of establishing a telecoms commission, reported The Kuwait Times.

Kuwait is the only Gulf country lacking a recognized regulator of the industry, MPs said, as they passed the first reading of a law to establish such an authority.

The issue of forming a telecoms regulator has been deliberated for over a decade. The proposed new organization would have the authority to control the mobile and landline phone sectors, as well as internet providers, The Kuwait Times reported.

Telecoms operators and internet service providers typically operate under the authority of government regulators, which set the operational standards and regulations.

They typically have the authority to restrict or ban certain services and applications, such as the recent blocking of the Viber application by Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).

It emerged this week that the smartphone messaging application WhatsApp also faces being banned in Saudi Arabia, due to the expected failure to comply with CITC’s requirements.

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