Oman to lift some restrictions on Skype

The move will help companies and schools hold remote meetings and classes

Oman to lift some restrictions on Skype

Oman has temporarily lifted restrictions on Skype for Business, Google Meet and Zoom in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

The changes have been made to allow companies and schools to hold remote meetings and classes.

Oman’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority made the announcement on Twitter yesterday, saying “organisations can use these applications during this exceptional period”.

A number of GCC states, including the UAE, do not allow the use of Skype or other video calling services for personal reasons.

On Sunday, the government announced that all schools in Oman would be closed for a period of one month.

Teachers and administrative staff will be given holidays, except those who need to carry out work during the class suspension.

A number of other measures have been taken to combat the spread of coronavirus, including banning the entry of non-Omanis, with the exception of GCC citizens.

All parks and public play areas have also been closed, and Friday prayers have been suspended.

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