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Skype officially blocked in UAE: telecoms authority

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Skype, which offers free video, audio and text communication via the internet, is officially banned in the United Arab Emirates, said the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

Neither of the country’s service providers - the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), and the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company - had submitted a request to the authority to lift the ban, said TRA General Manager Mohamed Nasser al-Ghanem.

“Skype is still blocked, and will remain so until the provider obtains an official license from the TRA,” he told al-Emarat al-Youm newspaper.

However, Etisalat said the authority had declared in 2010 that operators could offer the service without submitting requests.