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The Ethiopian government has outlawed Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. Those who disobey and continue to use programs such as Skype face up to 15 years in chokey.The law, passed last month, is said to help provide more national security.National security? Don't make me laugh. It's undoubtedly an effort to protect the telecommunications monopoly enjoyed by state-owned Ethio Telecom.The new law means the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has “the power to supervise and issue licenses to all privately owned companies that import equipment used for the communication of information”, presumably to prevent devices with pre-loaded VoIP apps crossing the border, the Africa Review reports.Smart Alecs who try to bypass the law through services within their Facebook accounts will also be snagged, as a ban on “audio and video data traffic via social media” has been implemented too.