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22 Ottobre 2008 alle 10:10 #758sole-solePartecipante
The United Arab Emirates’ telecom regulator expects to decide by the end of the year on a proposal to allow international calls through the internet, the head of the regulator said on Sunday.
The news was confirmation of a statement made to Arabian Business last month, in which, however, the regulator mentioned no timetable.
Currently, telecom operators Emirates Telecommunications Corp (Etisalat) and du can provide only domestic calls using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.
“We have been doing consultations with the sector … We want to upgrade the VoIP to include international phone calls for licensed operators hopefully before the end of the year,” Mohamed Al-Ghanim, director general of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), told newswire
The TRA is working on a plan to allow local and international companies with a local presence to provide VoIP services after being licensed, Al-Ghanim said on the sidelines of an information technology exhibition.
In October 2006, Al-Ghanim said the ban on VoIP would be lifted that year, allowing the Gulf Arab state’s large expatriate population to make cheaper overseas calls over the Internet.
Internet-based calls through providers such as Skype and Yahoo have been deemed illegal in the UAE since 2004 and the relevant websites have been blocked.
TRA will announce in December the winner of a recently announced mobile TV licence that will allow the winning company to provide broadcast television to Etisalat and du, Al-Ghanim said. Only UAE and Gulf Arab companies were allowed to bid for that licence, he added.
Skype access could be returning to UAE soon
EXCLUSIVE: Telecoms regulator is developing framework for VoIP operators in the region.22 Ottobre 2008 alle 15:13 #9357nicolaMembro
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