According to Khaleej Times, the popular software to make voice and video calls, Skype has been blocked in the UAE.

According to a shared tweet by UAE-based telecom company Etisalat, the access to Skype has been blocked over unlicensed VoIP calls.

“The access to the Skype app is blocked since it is providing unlicensed Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Service, which falls under the classification of prohibited contents as per the United Arab Emirates’ Regulatory Framework,” Etisalat said.

Skype, in a statement on its website, said, “It has been brought to our attention that our website and services have been blocked by the ISPs in the UAE. That means you won’t be able to use Skype in the UAE.”

Skype, in a statement on its website, said, “It has been brought to our attention that our website and services have been blocked by the ISPs in the UAE. That means you won’t be able to use Skype in the UAE.”

Many users across the country reported facing issue over the weekend.

“I’m on Etisalat with a 50mbps package. I’m wired with about 54mbps of speed but I’ve noticed in the last few hours that Skype…call quality is abysmal. I can’t hear a thing,” wrote one user on Reddit.

“I tried to call my only friend the Skype Echo voice thing and it didn’t work either,” wrote another user.

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