A United Arab Emirates Internet provider, du, has blocked access to cheap phone calls using Skype.
du already block access to sites with pornography, alcohol, gambling, hatred, child abuse or terrorism content by filtering Internet traffic through a proxy server. Skype and PC to phone and phone to PC communications are also blocked.
du describe themselves as the “new integrated telecommunications service provider with a fresh approach”. Their FAQ on Skype usage simply states “As a licensed telecom operator, du conforms to the guidelines set by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).”
At the same time as blocking Skype, du have introduced a “Freetime” offer with one fils (a UK penny is worth about 7 fils) of free credit for every second of every international call you make saying “Don’t miss anything happening back home“.
I’d be pretty upset if Skype was blocked in the UK – how about you?