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Telecommunications Regulatory Authority issues statement about Viber

September 3, 2014

The regulator clarified that the service was never licensed in the UAE.

External VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) service providers such as Viber are not yet licensed to operate in the UAE, the country's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has said.

In a brief statement on Wednesday, the regulator said: "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. Moreover, the VoIP regulatory policy has only licensed "Etisalat" and "du" (the licensees) to provide telecommunication services in the UAE, including VoIP services.

"This policy still exists and has not been amended."

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Source: Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates)

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