8 Dec 2016

MTN Boss Urge FG to Ban Viber and WhatsApp Messenger

The Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of MTN Nigeria, Mr, "Ferdinand Moolman", has disclosed that the activities of over the top companies like Viber, and WhatsApp have adverse effects on its business and affects the sustainability of Nigeria’s telecommunications industry.

Mr, Ferdinand Moolman stated this yesterday while "highlighting" factors affecting Nigeria’s telecommunications industry, at a hearing convened by Senate Committee on Communications. The hearing chaired by the vice-chairman of the committee, Adeola Olamilekan, was organised following the now suspended Data Plan tariff hike by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.
Mean while identifying the factors, he said, the depletion of operator revenues by unlicensed providers of over the top telecoms services who do not have any physical presence, nor pay any taxes, nor make any significant contribution to employment or other socio-economic objectives of government in Nigeria. Mentioning WhatsApp, Viber and the likes, the MTN boss pointed out that these companies were eroding gains of Nigeria’s telecom companies and asked Nigeria to take action like the United Arab Emirates did.

"He also identified another factor as the inability of operators to access foreign exchange, explaining that “this is particularly debilitating given that most of our inputs are sourced off-shore."

These systematically increased both operating and capital expenses.
The Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of MTN Nigeria, Mr, "Ferdinand Moolman", has disclosed that the activities of over the top companies like Viber, and WhatsApp have adverse effects on its business and affects the sustainability of Nigeria’s telecommunications industry.

Mr, Ferdinand Moolman stated this yesterday while "highlighting" factors affecting Nigeria’s telecommunications industry, at a hearing convened by Senate Committee on Communications. The hearing chaired by the vice-chairman of the committee, Adeola Olamilekan, was organised following the now suspended Data Plan tariff hike by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.
Mean while identifying the factors, he said, the depletion of operator revenues by unlicensed providers of over the top telecoms services who do not have any physical presence, nor pay any taxes, nor make any significant contribution to employment or other socio-economic objectives of government in Nigeria. Mentioning WhatsApp, Viber and the likes, the MTN boss pointed out that these companies were eroding gains of Nigeria’s telecom companies and asked Nigeria to take action like the United Arab Emirates did.

"He also identified another factor as the inability of operators to access foreign exchange, explaining that “this is particularly debilitating given that most of our inputs are sourced off-shore."

These systematically increased both operating and capital expenses.

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