Skype plans Middle East HQ in Bahrain
TRA confirms that talks with the internet telephony software firm are ‘ongoing’
Luxembourg-based Skype Technologies have expressed an interest to set up their Middle East headquarters in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Speaking at a press conference to unveil Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) annual report on the state of the industry, chairman Dr. Mohammed Al Amer told Gulf News Daily that “their interest is serious and negotiations are ongoing.”
TRA director general Alan Horne also cleared up any confusion on the legality of using VoIP services such as Skype in the Kingdom by stating that: "Two-and-a-half years ago, we were the first country to issue an opinion on this and basically VoIP is acceptable and the services that companies like MSN and Skype offer are completely legal," he said.
Skype has been in the news lately because of a legal battle between its new owner eBay and the firm’s founders. The case, which relates to the peer-to-peer technology that lies at the core of Skype’s functionality, is scheduled to be argued early next year but speculation is rife that Skype could be axed if eBay loses in court.