Users of the most popular Viber messenger in the Republic, located in Tajikistan, now can not make audio and video calls. Through Viber it is possible to send only text messages. At the moment, audio and video calls on Viber are impossible for users of almost all cellular operators and providers. This was confirmed by “AP” sources in several telecom operators. This is also confirmed by users of social networks who write that Viber is partially limited: a beep to the voice call goes, but as soon as the interlocutor tries to answer, the call is reset.
Audio and video calls on Viber are now available only through anonymizers, including through free VPN applications that can be downloaded and installed on mobile phones and personal computers.
Meanwhile, as several sources in the telecoms operators told AP, a partial blocking of Viber was made by the national operator “Tajiktelecom”, which now takes the main Internet almost all providers.
“We were ordered to take the Internet from” Tajiktelecom “a few months ago. We did not have a choice, “a source in one of the companies said. To date, Viber is considered the most popular messenger in Tajikistan. Audio calls of other messengers, including IOM, Telegram, WhatsApp, are still available.
Recall, in the middle of December, the Communications Service gave an oral instruction to think about how it would be possible to block messengers in the country. The service associated this need with security. Later, the Tax Committee of Tajikistan sent a letter to President Emomali Rahmon, in which he argues the expediency of blocking messengers and NGN.
In a letter dated September 27 and signed by the head of the Tax Committee Nusratullo Davlatzoda, it is said that the lion’s share of international negotiations is carried out through mobile operators and Internet messengers Viber, IMO and Skype. This fact, according to the tax authorities, was the reason for the decrease in the volume of tax payments and the profitability of the budget.
Since December 18, NGN services have been disabled in Tajikistan. In the first days of January, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Tajikistan was interested in the legitimacy of switching off NGN-telephony in the republic. Next year, the General Prosecutor’s Office received an official request from the Procurator’s Office, where the prosecutor’s office asked for a detailed answer, how the subscribers of Tajikistan were provided with the NGN service and on the basis of which decision the providers disconnected it.