2 Dec 2004

Regulator lifts Irish direct dial block

4:31 pm on 2 December 2004

A block order on direct dial telephone calls from Ireland to 13 countries introduced last month to crack down on growing Internet scams has been lifted by the country's communications regulator.

The move against mostly Pacific countries was brought in to tackle rogue autodialler programmes and modem hi-jacking that left Irish Internet users with high charges to international destinations.

The Chairman of the Commission for Communications Regulation, John Dogerty, says he's pleased with the discussions and the progress that has been made at an industry level to help deal with this issue.

Mr Dogerty says there were now enhanced procedures and practices to deal with the fraudsters.

Countries in the Pacific where calls had been blocked included Norfolk Island, the Cook Islands, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna, Nauru, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and French Polynesia.