"Skype and other Voice Over Internet Technology Use are Prohibited in Ethiopia! The Ethiopian government has passed new legislation that criminalizes the use of Internet-based voice communications such as Skype and other forms of Internet phone calling. Authorities have also installed a new filtering system that monitors the use of the Internet. The telecoms law strictly prohibits VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) which includes audio and video related social media communication and the transfer of information packages through the fast growing global cyber networks. It also authorizes the government to inspect any imports of voice communication equipment and accessories, while also banning inbound shipments without prior permission. Anyone involved in "illegal" phone calling services will be prosecuted and could be jailed for up to 15 years or fined heavily if found guilty. Making an Internet phone call through different software is punishable by three to eight years— automatically criminalizing Skype and other similar voice services."