Many of us, here in the UAE, rely on Skype and Whatsapp to keep in contact with friends and family around the world. But last month, after Whatsapp calls were briefly enabled in the UAE, residents expressed their disappointment when Skype confirmed that their video and voice calls (or VoIP - Voice over Internet Protocols) had both been blocked in the country.
However, this week Du’s chief commercial officer, Fahad Al Hassawi, spoke to The National, telling them that they could be open to allowing VoIP services on their network, if the two companies agree to strike a deal.
“We have an open invitation to any provider, be it WhatsApp, Skype or whoever, to come and partner with us, and we can come up with the right offering that falls within the licensing requirements here in the UAE,” Al Hassawi told the newspaper. “There’s an obligation on us as operators to make sure that we’re offering such services according to the terms of our licence from the regulator.”
The statement comes a month after Skype confirmed that it had been blocked here in the UAE, both on Twitter and on their website's FAQs.
“It has been brought to our attention that our website and services have been blocked by both of the ISPs in the United Arab Emirates. That means you won't be able to use Skype in the United Arab Emirates,” Skype’s statement reads. “Unfortunately, there is very little Skype can do about this situation. The best course of action would be for you to speak to your ISP and ask why they are blocking Skype and request that they unblock our site and services.”
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