UAE to lift ban on cheap web calls

Authorities are working to phase in the introduction of internet telephone services.

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By  Michele Howe Published  May 23, 2007

The UAE's telco regulator is weighing up how best to introduce voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services in the country.

The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) yesterday announced that it was studying market reaction to VoIP, according to a report in local newspaper Khaleej Times.

"We are working on a phased approach to allow VoIP to be introduced to the local market," Mohammed Al Ghanim, director general of the TRA, reportedly said.

A timeline for the introduction of VoIP has not yet been fixed, he added.

VoIP, the routing of voice conversations over the internet, is currently heavily proscribed in the UAE, as well as other parts of the Middle East, and the use of Skype is frequently blocked.

While the introduction of VoIP has been widely anticipated in the UAE, Al Ghanim last year said that only Etisalat and du would be allowed to provide such services.

3581 days ago
Abhinav Saxena

I have read an article "UAE will lift ban on web calls" and felt like, I should post a comment. It is really appreciable to impliment this services in UAE because many people who can't afford the call charges through mobile, can communicate better with near and dear one's. Again it is a best part that United Arab Emirates will be having an advanced technology of communication as it is being used in many countries.

3890 days ago

It is a good thinking to allow people communicate more and also a very important matter of growing technology which is already in many countries by now. More education, business and love will rise if there is no ban in VOIP allowed in a country as there will be many ways to call and be in touch. Me being a IT officer is really happy to hear this. Wish more and more technology be adapted and people are aware of it.

3890 days ago
Ashraf Pasha

Hey.. its started to pain.. How long should I keep my fingers crossed. I think they are asleep and dreaming.

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