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Skype is officially blocked in Qatar – WhatsApp, Viber, Duo, and Facetime are also inaccessible

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Qatar is still blocking popular Voice over IP (VoIP) apps such as Skype, Facetime, Duo, Viber, and Whatsapp. In September, Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on Skype and Whatsapp. The VoIP issues were first reported on Whatsapp, Viber, Duo, Facetime, and Skype months ago by Qatari internet users. Qatar only has two internet service providers (ISPs) Ooredoo and Vodafone – both of which seem to be blocking VoIP apps at the behest of the local government. When confronted with questions about the inability to use these apps, Ooreedoo did comment:

“Quality assurance for calling using these apps is out of Ooredoo’s control. However, we can guarantee that the issues are not from Ooredoo Super net. Eid Mubarak.”

The Qatar government also told internet users that they would be investigating the issue – though no resolution or official comment on the blocks themselves have arrived. For awhile, users were unsure whether Skype or the ISPs (at the behest of the government) were the source of the block – though it is now 100% crystal clear.

It can’t be that every app that uses VoIP has a problem, it must be a Qatar issue #WhatsApp #Facebook #duo #facetime are ALL not working

— Natasha Brookes (@natbrookes) September 30, 2017

The official confirmation still hasn’t come from the governments of these oppressive countries, or their ISPs; instead, the official announcement is from Microsoft Skype itself. In the Skype FAQ, Microsft states for all to see:

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

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