Issue #25   •   Quarter 3/4 Edition   •   December 2018

 

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it can’t regulate Over the Top Technology (OTT) for now, refusing the telecom operators’ call that the technology be regulated in the country. OTT operators are firms like Facebook, WhatsApp, 2go, Instagram and others who ride on social media to reach their audience. NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof Umar Danbatta disclosed this Thursday when a delegation from the United States (US) embassy paid a working visit to the Commission's headquarters in Abuja. “The operators are saying we should do something about the OTT. That the OTT is riding on their infrastructure to make money and all other. But it will be very difficult to regulate OTT,” Prof Danbatta said. He also told the US embassy delegation which was led by Rachael Atwood Mendiola to convince US investors to come and invest in Nigeria’s telecom industry as this is the best time to stake their money in the country.

DAILY TRUST PG. 14 (FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017)