If you are traveling to Qatar these days or maybe are a resident who wishes to communicate more easily with his/her business partners or remote family, recent news points out to a new block on standard Voice over IP (VoIP) apps, such as Skype, Facetime, Duo, Viber, and WhatsApp.
Legally speaking, there are no laws or rules that prohibit VoIP services in Qatar, unlike in the UAE for example. However, it appears that according to the website of Qatar’s Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), no person or business can sell VoIP calls or services without a license. And currently, only Ooredoo and Vodafone, Qatar’s sole two ISPs, are licensed to do this.
When confronted with questions concerning the incapacity to make use of these apps, Ooreedoo made the following statement:
“High quality assurance for calling utilizing these apps is out of Ooredoo’s management. Nonetheless, we are able to assure that the problems are usually not from Ooredoo Tremendous web.”
What Microsoft said about the Skype block
On the Skype Support Page, Microsoft states, with regard to their VoIP app block:
“It has been brought to our attention that our website and services have been blocked by the ISPs in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. That means you won’t be able to use Skype in the United Arab Emirates or Qatar.
Unfortunately, there is very little Skype can do about this situation. The best course of action would be for you to speak to your ISP and ask why they are blocking Skype and request that they unblock our site and services.”
How to access Skype, WhatsApp & more with CyberGhost VPN
Although Qatar is one of the most connected countries in the Arab region, as its internet user base has soared in recent years, they have massive amounts of censorship that many visitors may find surprising. Content that is likely to be blocked may include websites related to sexual health and education, politically sensitive material, social and dating sites.
In addition, the government may even have surveillance software that they use to monitor and track its internet users.
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