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Nigerian Telcos May Block Skype & WhatsApp Calls to Generate More Revenues.

Here is my honest reaction after reading the report from Punch: 

So, Punch revealed that Telecommunication companies in Nigeria may block calls made on popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and Skype in a bid to address concerns over revenue loss and raise a revenue of N20trillion. According to the manager at one of the major telecoms:

 “It is an aggressive approach to stop further revenue loss to OTT players on international calls, having already lost about N100tn between 2012 and 2017″

He added:

“If we fail to be pro-active by taking cogent steps now, then there are indications that we may lose between N20tn and N30tn, or so, by the end of 2018.”

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Telcos have complained about VoIP services.

However, the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo, said:

“We don’t have any evidence of that. We do not regulate the Internet. I am not aware of this development, but globally, operators and network equipment makers don’t really embrace Skype,” the Managing Director, TechTrends Nigeria, Mr. Kenneth Omeruo, said.

“They liken Skype to an individual who takes undue advantage of other people’s generosity without giving anything in return. Globally, there is this apprehension among telecoms operators that Skype only steals their customers, while they invest billions of dollars to build, expand and upgrade networks”, he added.

If implemented, Nigeria will join other countries like China, UAE(United Arab Emirates), Oman, Syria, Turkey, Malaysia, Tchad, to name a few that have regulations that effectively block internet telephony from competing, both for monopolistic and surveillance reasons.

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    7 comments on “Nigerian Telcos May Block Skype & WhatsApp Calls to Generate More Revenues.

    1. Victor Molokwu says:

      Change! Change!! Change!!! 😂
      Misstechy, hope we’ll have a work around using VPN’s abi ?

    2. pWilliams says:

      ehhhhh….just one question pls☝…..if they stop all this apps, what next…..are they going to create one for them selves or what?

      1. iHarrie says:

        Unfortunately no!! Its back to the good ol’ service providers, paying with airtime to make a call..

        #JustSaying
        Cherrio

    3. iHarrie says:

      Come to think of it, that might not actually work… Being registered on the whatsapp database and waltzing around cyber *anonymously are two distinct things.. Its like posting on Fb with your GPS on (something like that) 😐 , Im
      #JustSaying
      Cherrio..

    4. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

      …WELL,THERE WILL STILL VE A WAY AROUND THIS FOR THE YOUNG, SHARP AND EVER DYNAMIC NIGERIANS. I JUST HOPE THIS NETWORK OPERATORS KNOW THAT THIS IS NIGERIA…

    5. pWilliams says:

      alright…. but I personally think that they should mind their business…. after all it’s the internet connection they provide and the subscription we buy from them that we use to make this video calls

    6. KingAbsolute says:

      As if we have strong network in Nigeria that makes these video calls enjoyable always.

      Their point is baseless, we still buy airtime from them to subscribe and use those video call apps.

      In this generation, calls should be for more important conversations. We’re trying to make things easier for us and they’re trying to make more profit.

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