Telecom Operators Yet Again Want to Regulate Social Media Services

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.

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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.


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25 thoughts on “Telecom Operators Yet Again Want to Regulate Social Media Services”

  1. I dont understand what this telecomm company want. instead of them to give us free access, the want to block it. The are sick in the brain

  2. “…To generate income for the country”. Such a big lie. They should just brainstorm for other ways to generate money out of us

  3. They had better change their business model and make data cheap and easily accessible, else the unstoppable wave will wash them. Telecoms be warned..

  4. I don’t understand why they want to tell us how to use our data. Their responsibility is to sell data while our own responsibility is to consume and if we like we leave it till it expire.

  5. The issue is that most of them are not Nigerian companies so they came here to make profits and that is what they care about.

  6. Except they will stop internet totally , if not, they can’t block me from using whatsapp and Others. Nonesense

  7. If only all my contacts are on whatsapp or messenger and are usually online, i won’t even bother calling with airtime again. They should just respect themselves and allow people to use these services anyhow they want.


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