Etisalat unblocks Skype access in the UAE
Etisalat has announced that UAE residents can now officially log on to Skype and buy credit to make international calls.
"The long awaited app is finally available for all, Enjoy calling your long distance friends & family using #Skype" the telecoms firm posted on its social media channels.
While no such announcement was made by du, the Skype website was also accessible on the firm's network.
Last week, subscribers to du’s mobile and home broadband services found they could access Skype’s website, and make calls from Skype to mobile and fixed phone lines – which they were previously unable to do. But the telecoms provider had denied that it had unblocked the internet phone service.
In a statement, du insisted: “There has been no change in the treatment of VoIP (voice over internet protocol) traffic, including Skype, on our networks.”
While smartphone users have long been able to download the Skype app from mobile app stores, the PC application, which has to be downloaded from Skype’s website, had remained blocked to both du and Etisalat subscribers.
Once the application is installed, on a phone or computer, calls have been possible to other Skype users, but purchasing credit and making calls from Skype to landlines or mobile phones was blocked.