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Will VOIP be banned in UAE after Covid-19?


DUBAI – Will the easing of restrictions on voice over internet protocol (VOIP) in the UAE continue as businesses resume amid the coronavirus pandemic?

The Federal National Council (FNC) is set to raise the issue with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in a meeting on Wednesday (June 10).

VOIP apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams have been widely used in the UAE as the telecom authority in March removed a ban on some VOIP services to help companies cope with remote working conditions amid the pandemic.

VOIP also helped people to keep in touch with their families and friends online as cities around the world were put on lockdown.

The TRA said said Skype and Google Hang Out apps would work “exceptionally and until further notice”.

But with the UAE easing restrictions related to coronavirus, it remains to be seen whether VOIP services will continue to be allowed free of cost to the public.

An FNC member confirmed that the issue on VOIP will be raised during Wednesday’s meeting, which will also be held remotely.

“We will be asking whether virtual calls will be banned after the crisis or if they will they continue,” said FNC member Aisha Al Yateem.

“We will also propose recommendations regarding the initiatives introduced by telecommunication companies to enhance services during the current situation, and how to deal with challenges facing this vital sector,” Al Yateem said. ICA/Expat Media

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