UAE soon to lift its ban on Whatsapp Voice Calls

Dubai: UAE may finally lift its ban on popular messaging app WhatsApp voice call, a senior official said on Wednesday.

With its increased collaboration with WhatsApp, UAE will soon lift the ban on voice call said Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, executive director of the UAE’s National Electronic Security Authority (Nesa), Khaleej Times reports.

“The collaboration now happening with WhatsApp has increased and we are working on many aspects. (We are) collaborating here in the UAE and in many of those (aspect) we saw a very good understanding of the concept. There might be a lift of that ban for (WhatsApp) voice calls or broadcasting of many of the things that they do,” Al Kuwaiti told in an interview.

“And this is going to happen soon. This is what we know and understand from the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) here in the UAE,” he added.

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Over the past several years, UAE has blocked Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls forcing its residents to use the locally authorized VoiP apps such as Botim, C’Me and HiU Messenger.

Earlier, UAE businessmen Khalaf Al Habtoor, chairman, Al Hatboor Group has urged the authorities to lift the ban by opening the  voice calls service through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp.

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