UAE telecoms provider blocks WhatsApp voice calls
Mobile messaging app WhatsApp started offering free Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls earlier this week but, according to the Emirates 24/7 website, UAE telecoms provider Etisalat blocked the functionality a few hours after it became available.
According to the website, the service was blocked because VoIP services can only be offered in the UAE by licensed providers, in effect Etisalat and du.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) issued a statement clarifying the policy about use of VoIP in the UAE in response to the news published: “VoIP services are still a prerogative of the licensed providers who reserve the right to provide such services through their networks. Companies wishing to offer such services must co-ordinate with the licensed telecom providers in the UAE.” Read More