Messenger call outage leaves users baffled

Updated 11 May 2016
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Messenger call outage leaves users baffled

RIYADH: Netizens across the Kingdom on Tuesday expressed concern and astonishment as voice and video calling for Facebook messenger and imo have stopped working in Saudi Arabia.
Internet-calling on Viber and WhatsApp were already stopped earlier in the Kingdom citing technical reasons, but on imo, it rings when called, but without connectivity.
The free Internet messenger and call service Viber was shut down for failing to comply with telecom regulations.
The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has also issued a warning that it will do the same to other smartphone apps that fail to comply with telecom regulations.
“Appropriate action will be taken against applications or services that do not comply with the regulations,” a spokesman at the commission said.

CITC officials could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, however, when approached, an STC official refused to comment saying he has no idea.
Earlier, reports were carried by a section of local media that telecom companies were planning to launch a collective effort to stop people making free Internet calls within the Kingdom or abroad to connect with their dear ones living in various countries.
These reports cited loss of revenues by the telecom operators in the Kingdom as the reason to put constraints on the use of Internet voice calls.
When making a call using these smart phone apps, a message appears on the screen saying, “calling unavailable because your carrier or country does not support the service.”
Dismayed by the change in policy to stop free Internet calling, citizens and expatriates alike expressed concern as Haider Zulfiqar commented on Facebook, “Social apps play a major role in our day-to-day life. It is an important aspect in the Internet world. Blocking them is not appropriate.”
“Mobile app conversations and visual communication are very crucial especially when we are living in a new era where Internet and social media outlets play a huge role in our daily life,” said Zeyad Abdullah, a PR manager, adding that it is not the loss of revenue but a marketing strategy by telecom operators to earn greater profits by stopping Internet calling.
“How can calls made from smart phone apps like Skype, WhatsApp, imo, Yahoo and Facebook messenger be stopped when they are used worldwide by millions of people with online connectivity,” said Iffat Aabroo, a housewife.
“The telecom operators instead should improve their services and avoid unnecessary promos and cutting amounts from the balance for various services not required,” she added.
“As soon as I learned about this, I deleted those apps because I knew there was no use for them. Instead, I downloaded Tango and Line and I was happy they were working with better connectivity,” said Waleed Jameel.


Saudi aircraft firm reveals major growth plans

Saudi military industry aims to create jobs for Saudi people and increase the Kingdom’s export potential. SPA
Updated 3 min 42 sec ago
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Saudi aircraft firm reveals major growth plans

  • The AACC signed an agreement to handle maintenance of C-130 aircraft system with the Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries
  • The AACC signed an agreement to maintain landing systems with Saudi Arabian Airlines

JEDDAH: The new Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah were officially opened on Friday by Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) Chairman Ahmed Al-Khatib.

In his opening speech, Eng. Mansour Al-Eid, AACC’s chief executive, said that the establishment of the General Authority for Military Industries and SAMI had helped to create jobs for Saudi people, boost the national income and increase the Kingdom’s export potential.
SAMI aims to contribute around SR14 billion ($3.73 billion) directly to Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Al-Eid said that the AACC aims to increase its job localization rate from 62 percent to 80 percent in the next two years.
The company is planning to increase repair capacity for Typhoon jets and the manufacture of major spare parts and hydraulic systems for the Hawk and Pilatus PC-21. It will also focus on the repair of landing systems for civilian aircraft and Lockheed C-130 aircraft systems — a first for the Middle East and North Africa region.
Al-Eid confirmed the company can now carry out maintenance on the largest commercial aircraft, including Boeing 777, and Airbus 320 and 380, in its facilities.
Al-Khatib witnessed the signing of several agreements between AACC, represented by Al-Eid, and Saudi Arabian Airlines, BAE Systems Saudi Arabia and the Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries.
The AACC signed an agreement to maintain landing systems with Saudi Arabian Airlines, represented by its Director General Saleh Al-Jasser.
It also signed an agreement with BAE Systems Saudi Arabia, represented by Khalid Al-Otaibi, vice president for localization, for the localization of Typhoon and PC-21 hydraulic systems jobs.
The AACC signed an agreement to handle maintenance of C-130 aircraft system with the Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries, represented by Mohammed Bahamaidan, vice president for the military sector.