Cheaper options needed for international calls
Etisalat has done well to make inter-emirate calls on the landline free. This will increase usage in a more interconnected UAE population. But, etisalat could do two more important things: Reduce the cost of international calls and open up Voip.
For years, UAE consumers have been waiting for Internet-based (VoiP) services such as Skype and Viber to be legalised in the UAE, but the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency has consistently refused to do so.
Voice communications in the UAE are still regulated and can only be offered by a licenced telecom operator.
The TRA rarely gives an explanation about why internationally-available VoiP services are still banned — and they have been since 2005 — but telecom analysts often point to efforts at protecting the revenues of the UAE’s two telecoms operators.
In the UAE, making international calls has been expensive.
If TRA, etisalat and du want to provide something of use to UAE residents, they should focus on ways to offer alternative options, thereby bringing the UAE’s telecommunications sector up to international standards.
It will be a boon to both consumers and businesses. VoiP is already a reality in most parts of the world, especially in countries with a free market. Due to the growing dominance of this technology, any country that fails to adopt it will have more than a loss of revenue to fear. It will put its competitive edge at risk.
- Samsung Electronics Levant holds the prescreening for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Samsung S6, S6 Edge receive warm welcome in Saudi Arabia
- Mission to Mars: UAE plans Arab region's first unmanned probe
- Eclipsing Facebook and Twitter: WhatsApp most popular social media site for Arabs
- Microsoft exec: Lebanon needs wider broadband
- Vodafone worried VoIP would eating up its revenues, dubbing it illegal
- Experts call for more investment and financing options in gold
- Call it twisted, but it's actually cheaper to buy than rent property in Dubai
- 1st International Consultants Conference to raise issue of companies finding it cheaper to hire full-time employees than using consultants
- Abu-Ghazaleh calls for the cancellation of the lifetime pension law for Lower and Upper Houses members or to be optional