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20 Feb 2017

Federal Government To Ban Facebook,Skype, WhatsApp Calls In Nigeria – See Why

telecommunication firms in Nigeria are
opting for drastic measures to boost
revenue due to economic crisis in the
country hitting businesses hard.

They are hoping to address concerns
over revenue loss from international
calls and hit a revenue target of N20tn
by blocking subscribers from accessing
Skype and other Over-the-Top services. .

It was reliably gathered that subscribers
might also be prevented from
performing certain functions like voice
and video calls on WhatsApp and
Facebook, among other OTT services. .

A manager at one of the major telecos in
the country, speaking under anonymity,
said about the blocking: “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.

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.”

The source added that the increasing rise
of the OTT players, who provide voice
and Short Message Services, or apps such
as WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook,
BlackBerry Messenger and Viber, was
eating deep into the voice revenue of
telecommunications companies in the
country by more than 50%.

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