VoIP services to be launched in UAE soon

Two telephone operators in UAE will soon offer the service that permits customers to make International calls over the Internet.

Officials at Etisalat said that the network of respective company is prepared to make the service available before July this year.

The companies were awaiting last approval and instructions from the country's telecommunications regulator, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

The authority's approval will grant rules regarding pricing and procedures. The daily reported that it is expected that the latest service would offer cheaper pricing of international calls in comparison to what is currently available in the market.

The policy will emphasize developments in the country's emerging broadband infrastructure, as the regulator is mandated to propose latest telecoms policy every five years, Mohamed Al Ghanim, Director-General of UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, said yesterday.

"We will try with the development of the Innovative National Telecom policy to obtain the leadership vision and sustain various sectors such as banking and finance as much as possible," he said.

The policy will talk about the promotion of more broadband in UAE, rising the rate of connections to residents and potentially driving prices lower, he said.

Etisalat, UAE's largest telecom firm, is in the final stages of building a national optic fiber broadband network to about every home and office in the country and will distribute speeds of up to 100 megabits a second. Residents can now acquire connections of up to 30 megabits a second.

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