With the lockdown and isolation period seemingly ready to be prolonged from what they actually set out be, many people are relying on online platforms and apps to stay connected to their work and loved ones. And keeping the current situation in mind, UAE authorities have opened up access to several apps.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced that it has updated the list of VoIP application available to use in the country with the aim of making communication in the country wide lockdown easier for work from home situation as well as education and personal use.
“In the context of the current situation, and with the aim of supporting distance learning amid the closure of schools and universities and the growing number of people working from home, the TRA, in coordination with the UAE telecom operators, announces the availability of a group of applications,” read a statement from the regulator.
Only unblocked last week, WhatsApp video calls have now been joined by Microsoft’s Zoom and Skype for Business, the educational service Blackboard, and Google Hang Out apps.
Apps compatible with all or fixed networks in the country
Voico: Du also has introduced a new calling app to help people stay connected. The service, Voico UAE, allows users to make free video and voice calls and send messages to others anywhere in the world, as long as they are a fellow Voico user.
We understand the importance of staying connected with your loved ones. 🏠🌎 All our existing & new customers will get free Internet Calling using Voico UAE app with du Home & mobile plans.
Valid for a limited time only.
Details: https://t.co/81mGL2cd4F#ItsGoodToBeHome#WeGotYou pic.twitter.com/rwZDZG3iHu
— du (@dutweets) March 19, 2020
The service is available to download for free from the Apple Store or Google Play Store, and will be free to use until Wednesday, May 20.
Google Hangout: Hangouts is useful for a small group. Share the link to the chat with your friends, or invite people on the app on your phone. It’s free and is one or two clicks away.
Zoom: Built for business meetings, it’s up to 100 people and meetings are limited to 40 minutes. This app brings video conferencing, online meetings and group messaging into one easy-to-use application. Also including are important features like, screen sharing, and instant messaging.
Blackboard: Specifically for students, it enables all to take assignments and tests. The course syllabus can also be updated along with grading papers.
Microsoft Teams: Built for team work, this app allows sharing files, meetings, and apps live together in a single shared workspace.
Microsoft Skype for Business: It is designed for use with the on-premises Skype for Business Server software, and a software as a service version offered as part of Office 365. It supports text, audio, and video chat, and integrates with Microsoft Office components such as Exchange and SharePoint.