In April last year, a new feature allowing users of messaging service Whats App to call each other was blocked by the operators, which cited the Vo IP regulation.
United Arab Emirates telecoms operators du and Etisalat have blocked Snapchat’s new voice and video calling service due to the existing communications regulation in the country.
Spokespeople from the telcos were cited by local media as saying companies wishing to offer Vo IP services would have to cooperate with the country’s licensed operators.
2014 to confirm the illegality of Viber and other Vo IP services: “We have recently seen local newspapers and social networks publishing news with regards to the Viber service being blocked in the UAE.
We would like to clarify that the service was never licensed in the UAE.
But making phone calls through Skype directly, in principal, is not allowed,” he added.