Kuwait moves to introduce comms regulator
Draft law passed to establish regulator for Internet, telecoms
Kuwaiti legislators have passed a draft law to establish a telecommunications commission to oversee the Internet as well as mobile and land lines.
Kuwait is the only Gulf country that does not already have such a regulator. The legislation was first proposed 10 years ago.
Details of what powers the commission would have were not available.
The telecommunications sector is controversial in the Gulf, where many countries have banned or restricted access to free Internet communications websites and mobile phone apps such as Skype.
Majority of telecommunications providers in the region are publicly owned and governments are keen to ensure their profits are not affected by free or cheaper options, with the sector particularly lucrative due to the millions of expatriates.
Earlier this month Kuwaiti authorities reportedly closed down four international call centres for illegally connecting customers via the Internet.
Police also confiscated equipment and computers used to make the calls and arrested five expatriates who had allegedly been living in the Gulf state illegally for nine years.