Du subscribers get access to Skype calls: report.
Previously, download of the Skype software from the Skype
website and some third-party sites was problematic in the UAE, due to barring
of the service by national ISPs Etisalat and du.
According to The National, Etisalat maintains its embargo, but
ITP.net was able to confirm du subscribers can access the Skype.com website,
download the software and install it.
The National's report also said du customers were able to add credit to
their Skype accounts and make Skype-to-phone calls, but Emirates 24|7 reported that such calls, specifically those to numbers in India, suffered disruption.
It is unclear what is behind the block lift or when it
occurred, but Skype owner Microsoft's discontinuation of its Windows Live Messenger service on 15 March may have been a catalyst. Prior to the switch-off, Microsoft had said that users would have to rely on Skype after that date, sparking some users to express concerns about disruption of other services such as Hotmail, which Microsoft migrated to its Outlook.com service.
While the Skype voice-over-IP service is widely used for
Skype-to-Skype calls among UAE expats, TRA (Telecom Regulatory Authority) regulations
deem use of "unlicensed VOIP" services to be illegal, unless explicitly sanctioned
by the relevant operator.
However, the TRA has also said there is no regulatory
barrier to Etisalat or du licensing VOIP services, but neither telco has previously
shown willingness to do so.
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