UAE telecoms watchdog blocks WhatsApp voice calls

Wednesday 18 March 2015 | 11:20 CET | News
Interactive webinar: Vodafone Ziggo deep dive. What is the strategy for the coming years? Where does it stand in relation to its competitors? Join us on January 21st 14:00 CET for a professional profile of VodafoneZiggo in 45 minutes. Register here ...
UAE telecommunications regulator TRA has blocked WhatsApp voice calls, saying VoIP services are still a prerogative of the licensed providers, who reserve the right to provide such services through their networks. WhatsApp started offering free VoIP calls earlier this week but, according to the Emirates 24/7 website, Etisalat blocked the functionality a few hours after it became available. The website's source, who is from Etisalat, said that the scrambling has been activated but may take a few days to percolate down to all UAE subscribers. The report claimed that some people had already

Thank you for visiting Telecompaper

Sign up below to get access to the rest of this article and all the telecom news you need.

  • Register free and gain access to even more articles from Telecompaper. Register here
  • Subscribe and get unlimited access to Telecompaper’s full coverage, with a customised choice of news, commentary, research and alerts.


Already registered?

Free Headlines in your E-mail

Every day we send out a free e-mail with the most important headlines of the last 24 hours.

Subscribe now

Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Du / Etisalat / WhatsApp
Countries: United Arab Emirates
::: add a comment

Add comment

We welcome comments that add value to the discussion. We attempt to block comments that use offensive language or appear to be spam, and our editors frequently review the comments to ensure they are appropriate. If you see a comment that you believe is inappropriate to the discussion, you can bring it to our attention by using the report abuse links. As the comments are written and submitted by visitors of the Telecompaper website, they in no way represent the opinion of Telecompaper.


UAE passes draft law on new telecoms watchdog

Published 02 Mar 2016 09:52 CET | United Arab Emirates
The UAE's Federal National Council has passed a draft law to strengthen competition in the electronic communications sector, ...

Periscope stops working in UAE

Published 26 Aug 2015 09:27 CET | United Arab Emirates
Periscope, the mobile streaming service owned by Twitter, has stopped working in the UAE, Twitter has confirmed to The National ...

Etisalat completes Voice over Wi-Fi trial

Published 20 May 2015 09:37 CET | United Arab Emirates
UAE operator Etisalat has completed the country's first successful trial of Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi). VoWiFi will extend ...

UAE mobile survey puts Etisalat and Du neck and neck

Published 18 May 2015 09:24 CET | United Arab Emirates
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the UAE has released a survey of the performance of mobile networks and ...

WhatsApp Voice: leuke add-on voor de installed base van 700 miljoen

Published 18 Mar 2015 10:14 CET | World
Volgens berichten is WhatsApp de nieuwe dienst WhatsApp Voice aan het testen bij een geselecteerde groep gebruikers. De lancering ...

WhatsApp zou testen van WhatsApp Voice uitbreiden

Published 16 Mar 2015 23:28 CET | World
Volgens onbevestigde berichten breidt WhatsApp het testen van telefonie uit. Sinds eind januari 2015 kunnen geselecteerde ...

TRA launches cyber blackmail awareness campaign

Published 09 Mar 2015 16:35 CET | United Arab Emirates
The UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Sector (TRA) has launched its new campaign aimed at promoting awareness of ...

TRA signs MOU with GSMA

Published 09 Mar 2015 14:07 CET | United Arab Emirates
UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) inked an MoU with the GSM Association (GSMA) to establish a Centre of ...

TRA, Etisalat join to address customer complaints

Published 05 Feb 2015 13:49 CET | United Arab Emirates
UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) Director General Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori held talks with Etisalat CEO Saleh ...

Calendar   /   Industry Events

21 Jan Intel Q4 2020
21 Jan Modern Times Group EGM
25 Jan Edgeware EGM
25 Jan The Things Conference 2021
26 Jan F5 Networks fiscal Q1
26 Jan Microsoft fiscal Q2
26 Jan Verizon Communications Q4 2020
26 Jan Meetup MENA
27 Jan MediaTek Q4 2020
27 Jan AT&T Q4 2020
27 Jan Corning Q4 2020
27 Jan Calix Q4 2020
27 Jan Facebook Q4 2020
27 Jan KPN Q4 2020
27 Jan Extreme Networks fiscal Q2
27 Jan Uptime
::: More Calendar Items