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Du to offer cheap internet calls from next month

Dubai telecom firm in talks with Skype about tie up to provide VoIP service

du plans to offer VoIP services to both residential and business customers, according to reports.
du plans to offer VoIP services to both residential and business customers, according to reports.

Dubai telecom operator Du plans to offer residents cheap internet-based overseas calls from next month, it has been reported.

The move follows that from rival Etisalat last month to offer its business clients VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services, but du's new package also extends to residential customers.

"We will start to develop services that are based on voice over IP for the end user. Whether it is through handset or the Web or different types of devices, these things will happen," Farid Faraidooni, chief commercial officer, told the National.

He told the paper the firm was in talks with Skype about a tie up where the VoIP giant's applications would be installed on du's mobile devices.

In March the Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRA) gave local firms permission to operate VoIP services, but did not extend the permission to international companies like Skype.

Du announced on Monday it plans to raise a AED1bn rights issue next month to fund new projects, including VoIP services.