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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Recession: Telcom to Block WhatsApp, Skype & Facebook Call to Boost Revenue

It’s no longer news that economy downtime is hitting the country and businesses hard with a deadly blow, telecom industry have opted for a drastic measure which I think it is not going to be favorable to the masses.

All telecom companies are complaining of revenue losses from international calls and are scared they "may lose between N20tn and N30tn, or so, by the end of 2018”, hence by blocking subscribers from accessing Skype and other Over-the-Top services like WhatsApp, they may be able to recover their losses.


This simply means that you’ll be prevented from performing certain functions like voice and video calls on WhatsApp and Facebook, among other OTT services.


Telecoms operators in the country said that international calls made up a critical part of their revenue because of Nigeria’s large expatriate and Diaspora population. But right now, subscribers have opted for alternative to international calls by using Skype, WhatsApp call, Facebook Video calls etc and its drastically affecting their revenue.


Remember that MTN boss suggested to the government to block WhatsApp late last year that its affecting their businesses. The question is, will you support Telcos to take this move?
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