Blocked voip users vent spleen

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By  Published  October 31, 2006

Internet users in the UAE have expressed their anger, frustration and bemusement at what appears to be the recent tightening of VoIP restrictions in the Emirates.

Following the publication of ‘Windows - Electronic Edition’ on September 13 (see, which detailed the consumer VoIP services that no longer work in the UAE, Windows has been inundated with reader responses, ranging from considered comments to raging rants. “With Etisalat investing offshore and competing in other markets, the time must come when there is a reasonable amount of competition here,” one reader suggested.

“The whole thing is based only on revenue raising," suggested an angrier respondent. “For the TRA to say it’s national security is (rubbish) too - the Chinese control it OK!” One UAE reader suggested that consumer pressure had overturned a previous Skype block in Saudi Arabia.

To date, no comment has been forthcoming from either Etisalat or the UAE’s telecoms regulator, the TRA.

According to the results of a recent quick poll, a massive 81% of respondents believe the UAE’s VoIP block is restricting the potential growth of their business.

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