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Panama Blocks Net Voice Communication
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-11-13
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Source: p2pnet.net - November 4, 2002

The 24 main UDP ports used for voice over IP will be blocked by ISPs in Panama, the Panamanian government has decided.

The ports are: 1034, 1035, 2090, 2091, 5000, 6801, 6802, 6803, 9900, 9901, 12080, 12120, 12122, 22555, 26133, 30582, 35061, 38000, 38100, 38200, 47563, 48310, 51200, and 51201.

The move came in an apparent attempt to stem Cable & Wireless Panama revenue losses caused by people using the Net to make international calls that would otherwise have been listed on C&WP bills, says a November 3 LinuxandMain story.

It goes on, "The ports include ones that are commonly used for voice over IP as well as some that are used for other purposes, apparently with the idea that these, too, could be used to circumvent the POTS (plain old telephone system, a term of art) in making telephone calls.

"In the decree, published on October 25, the Panamanian government requires 'that within 5 days of publication, all ISPs will block the 24 UDP ports used for VoIP and any other that could be used in the future (which could end up being all UDP ports),' according to a reporter and computer consultant there, and that 'the ISPs will block in their firewall or main router and in all their Border routers that connect with other autonomous systems'.

"This 'unequivocally decrees that all routers, including those not carrying traffic from Panama, but that might be traversing Panama, have the 24 UDP ports blocked'."

The ports blocked include those used by software such as NetMeeting and Net2Phone.

"In addition to those who wish to save on their phone bills, the government order blocks the perfectly lawful use of those ports by businesses that have legitimate VoIP applications allowed in the country," it says. "There were reports late Sunday that Panamanian ISPs were planning a demonstration aimed at exhibiting their displeasure with the government action."

If other phone companies start to complain about the decline in revenue from international calls as net-calls to any part of the world for the cost of an Internet connection gradually take over, could something like this happen in other countries too?


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