UAE Regulator Relaxes VoIP RegulationsJanuary 2011 | Regulatory Development
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE revised its policy regarding the provision of VoIP internet telephony services in the country, effectively removing the ban on popular low-cost international calling services such as those offered by Skype, among others. However, while it no longer mandates a ban on the services, it does permit the country's two state-backed operators to decide for themselves whether or not to ban the services. While BMI believes Etisalat and du might now allow controlled VoIP usage, a surge in demand might still result in them blocking services to protect lucrative international call revenues.
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