UAE considers lifting ban on WhatsApp calls

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DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) hinted to quickly take away the ban on WhatsApp voice calls.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) presently restricts the utilization of many functions of VoIP within the UAE, equivalent to Skype, Tango, Face time and Viber.

In an interview with CNBC, Government Director of the UAE’s Nationwide Digital Safety Authority, Mohammad Al Kuwaiti mentioned the UAE had elevated its collaborations with massive tech platforms on nationwide safety initiatives, particularly with the Fb-owned WhatsApp.

“The collaboration with WhatsApp has truly elevated, and in a lot of these [projects] we noticed an excellent understanding [from them] of the idea now we have,” he mentioned in the course of the programme “Capital Connection”.

“There could be a raise of that ban for [WhatsApp] voice calls… and that is going to occur quickly, that is what we all know and perceive from the telecommunication authority right here within the UAE,” mentioned Al Kuwaiti.

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Final yr, Microsoft confirmed that it was in talks with the TRA to raise the ban on Skype. Skype is a part of Microsoft Workplace 365 and at current, solely the text-based chat function in Skype is obtainable for companies.

In December 2017, Etisalat and du blocked Skype all through the nation because the app offered unlicensed VoIP providers, “which falls below the classification of prohibited contents as per the United Arab Emirates’ Regulatory Framework.”



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