This is not the first time Telcos had urge NCC to regulate OTT services like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Skype among others.
Sometimes last year, Telcos threaten to block OTT services like WhatsApp and Skype because of revenue losses from international calls and are scared they “may lose between N20tn and N30tn by the end of 2018.
Now again, Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), has called for the licensing for and regulation of Over-The-Top (OTT) services such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp Messenger to generate more money for the country.
ALTON chairman said OTT services are surely a threat to network operators but we cannot rule out the fact that users need to have an active Internet subscription — provided by the ISPs and telcos — to be able to access these services.
He noted that telecoms operators were only licensed to supply voice, data and text messages for which they were charged on annual basis.
NCC had earlier rejected Telcos plea last year, said OTT services cannot be regulated. I wonder why Nigerian Telcos are complaining; moreover, they have data subscriptions tailored to some of these services.