Skype unblocking needs UAE regulator's approval: TRA
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Skype unblocking needs UAE regulator's approval: TRA

Skype unblocking needs UAE regulator's approval: TRA

The UAE Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRA) has said that Etisalat needs to seek its approval before unblocking Skype as it is considered a 'Regulated Activity,' Wam has reported. "As to what the licensees have done in unblocking Skype's website www.skype.com in the UAE, this action does not change the position of the TRA or amend the policy as this service is considered a Regulated Activity, therefore, it must be provided by a licensee," the TRA said. "Should the service be provided through a partnership with a third party, both Licensees must seek approval to provide such service after fulfilling the regulatory and technical requirements of the TRA, which has not happened in the case of Skype. VOIP services through Skype are still unauthorised," it said.

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