The Vo IP ban is carried out by the UAE’s top two telecom companies, Etislat and du, which are also coincidentally the only two companies in the world with a coveted UAE Vo IP license that allows them to legally operate Vo IP services and charge 10x what Skype does.Naturally, Internet users in the UAE have discovered that VPNs are an effective way to get past this Vo IP ban and have continually used VPNs and proxies from within the UAE for years.Currently, such crimes include accessing blocked services or websites, which can only be done with a VPN or proxy, use that the UAE considers fraudulent use of an IP address.
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Internet users in the UAE, especially the large masses of immigrant labor, use VPN services to get past this geographical Vo IP ban to talk to relatives and friends back home.
Let’s be clear – this new law does kind of affect the traveling businessman that stops in Dubai.
How many migrants with family abroad are there in the UAE that can’t afford the official Vo IP rates?
According to The Economist, as of 2015, immigrants from around the world accounted for 88% of the total UAE population.