Thursday, 8 December 2016

BAN WHATSAPP CALLS IN NIGERIA OR WE INCREASE DATA TARIFF - TELCOS

 

For some time, the suggestions to add tax to all calls longer than 3Min have been a major point of discussion among Nigerians. This was followed by an attempted increase in the price of data that was thwarted by the senate. Now the telco are pushing that whatsapp calls and other similar services must be ban in Nigeria.


The Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of MTN Nigeria, Mr. Ferdinand Moolman, disclosed that the activities of ‘over-the-top’ companies like WhatsApp, Viber have adverse effects on its business and affects the sustainability of Nigeria’s telecommunications industry.                                                    
He further said that these companies were eroding gains of Nigeria’s telecom companies and asked Nigeria to take action like the United Arab Emirates did.                                                                   
In the United Arab Emirates,  Whatsapp or Snapchat calls are not allowed. In short it can land you in Jail.
                                                                                                                                              The telcos are complaining bitterly about the fact that the economic situation of Nigeria cannot allow them to continue with their current price regimes.  The want the regulators to come in and help stabilize the industry to that some companies won’t have to sack staff or go under due to their inability to compete. Expect the push for increment in data to be back soon after the new year celebration.

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