Dubai: There is no ban on Skype services in the UAE, the head of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said on Tuesday.

Mohammad Al Ganem, head of TRA, told Gulf News that there is no restriction in Skype services in the UAE, but the service must be provided by one of the telecom service providers in the UAE and not through a third party.

Al Ganem said that telecom providers etisalat and du should apply for permission to deliver the service.

When an official request has been submitted to the TRA, the authority will then apply rules if there is a third party to facilitate the service.

Ali Al Ahmad, etisalat Chief Corporate Communication Officer, said the regulation on VoIP has not changed in the UAE.

Al Ahmad said there are international companies that want to introduce Skype directly in the UAE market, but if a third company wants to enter the market, they must contact the two main telecom providers and present a proposal, which will be studied and presented to the TRA.