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Microsoft confirms talks of lifting Skype ban with the UAE’s TRA



Microsoft has confirmed that it is in talks with Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE to lift the ban on Skype.

Speaking to Gulf News, a spokesperson for Microsoft said:“We have been working closely with the local authorities towards gaining a better understanding of the local requirements in an effort to get Skype unblocked.”

Adding that: “We are passionate about the benefits that Skype offers to our users around the world by facilitating communication and enabling collaboration.”

The announcment comes just days after a report by Arabic newspaper Al Ittihad, claimed that the UAE’s telecoms regulator were in talks with Microsoft and Apple to lift the ban on both communication apps.

Currently, Skype is only available in the UAE for businesses.

Previously addressing the issue, the chief commercial officer of du, Fahad Al Hassawi, told The National that the operator has no issue enabling VoIP calling services on its network, provided that there is a signed formal agreement between the network and providers first.

“We have an open invitation to any provider, be it WhatsApp, Skype or whoever, to come and partner with us, and we can come up with the right offering that falls within the licensing requirements here in the UAE.

“There’s an obligation on us as operators to make sure that we’re offering such services according to the terms of our licence from the regulator,” Al Hassawi said.

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