Ethio telecom CEO Andualem Admassie stated that the telecom will be implementing a tool to control VoIP services such as Viber and Whatsapp.Using the VoIP control the telecom will be able to charge for the VoIP services.
Even though the services are not free since they require internet connection Ethio telecom is not pleased with the amount of money they are losing as a result of people flocking to VoIP services like Viber and Whatsapp.
Also the telecom is also introducing Equipment Identity Register to ban the inflow of untaxed mobile phone apparatus that are mainly brought by people from overseas to their relatives and friends at home.
The technology has the capability not only to shut-down your SIM also to lock out your apparatus once it is identified the apparatus is not taxed.
In the past few days there were mass blackout and service denial occurring on VoIP services that lasted for lots of hours in just one day alone.Which hints the ability of the telecom to affect the VoIP service without unplugging the internet access.
Source: Addis Insight