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Skype blocked in the UAE

Skype, the popular software that allows users to make voice and video calls between computers, mobile phones and tablet devices via the internet, has been blocked in the UAE.

According to a tweet by UAE-based telecom companies Etisalat and du, the access to Skype has been blocked over unlicensed VoIP calls.

"The access to the Skype app is blocked since it is providing unlicensed Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Service, which falls under the classification of prohibited contents as per the United Arab Emirates' Regulatory Framework," Etisalat said earlier this week.

Skype, in a statement on its website, said, "It has been brought to our attention that our website and services have been blocked by the ISPs in the UAE. That means you won't be able to use Skype in the UAE."

Skype now joins other banned services such as Apple Facetime, Whatsapp calling and Google Duo. 

 

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