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Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by ogododo: 9:28am On Jun 10
Experts in the telecommunications industry have expressed opposition to the move by the Federal Government to licence over-the-top and social media platforms in the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had in a statement last Friday directed the National Broadcasting Commission to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.

The industry experts, who spoke to our correspondent in separate interviews, however, expressed concerns over the development.

A telecommunications lawyer, Ayoola Oke, described the move to license WhatsApp and others as an impossible task, saying, “The National Broadcasting Commission does not even have any constitutional backing to licence OTTs.”

Oke said, “Even if the Federal Government wants to make a new telecoms policy, it comes from the Nigerian Communications Commission. Licencing is a regulatory matter, which is not under the minister.

“There is a section of the Nigerian Communication Act that says that the NCC must be independent and the minister must ensure that NCC is independent. How many countries in the world have licenced OTTs, how easy is it to licence OTTs? What kind of licencing framework are you going to apply because it is very difficult to licence OTTs.”

According to the Nigeria National Coordinator for the Alliance for Affordable Internet, Mr Teniola Olusola, OTT applications are built on legacy infrastructure, most of which are owned by telecom operators.



“So, we use WhatsApp or Twitter for instance on the SMS platform of the telecoms industry. Theoretically, the OTT applications should be regulated by the NCC because they are providing similar services to the telecoms.”

Olusola said if OTT applications were licenced, subscribers might have to start paying for their service.

He said, “To have a level playing field, if the OTT players are licenced, they are likely to start charging for certain services in line with what the telcos are already doing. At the moment, they don’t charge for their service because they use the advertising model.

“The advertising model generates revenue for them. Their business model is different from the telco business model. The telcos rely on the data you use or call you make, as the case might apply, and they charge you per seconds. That is not the model that is reflected in the typical OTT application.”

According to Olusola, the government needs to have an understanding of what these platforms are meant for.

“We won’t have this conflict of over-regulation of social media, which is what they seek to do, as opposed to allowing a free internet where people can express their frustrations and opinions,” he added.

When asked if the NCC had a guideline for the licencing of OTT applications, the Director, Public Affairs, Ikechukwu Adinde, said, “No, we don’t have a position on all this yet. The NCC has not said anything. We haven’t said anything concerning OTT licencing.”


The Public Affairs Officer for the NBC, Ekanem Antia, when asked about the regulatory framework for licencing of OTTs, declined to comment on the matter, saying the director-general was in a better position to do so.

https://punchng.com/experts-fault-fgs-move-to-licence-whatsapp-instagram-others/

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by Kuceeh: 9:30am On Jun 10
Ok
Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by Bejagej: 9:37am On Jun 10
Oh wow

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by NgwalandAba(m): 9:37am On Jun 10
I don't get it why yorubas are crying about this Man..they were shouting sai barbar recently but now they are shouting chai barbarian.

This weak me.

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by NaijaOlosho(f): 9:37am On Jun 10
grin

Ona never see anything yet.

When we told you guys that Buhari and APC have nothing to offer.

You guys were busy singing and chanting sai baba 4+4

Now how far By the time Buhari is done with this country you people will learn by force.

Voting for Buhari the first tenure I may not fault it because you may need to try people to know what they can do but voting Buhari for a second time is a disaster grin

The Yorubas na go see something since ona no wan recieve sns

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by Sonoyom(m): 9:37am On Jun 10
This authoritarian administration lacks direction. Buhari has zero regard for our constitution.

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by Austineva2: 9:37am On Jun 10
Lai mumu, adamu garbage, adesina, garbage ishiewu and presidiocy combined are fool! May God reward them with plane crash

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by InaNla(f): 9:37am On Jun 10
That is a complete ACTs of terrorism.

APC is a terrorist organization. The world powers should proscribed APC immediately.

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by Lekan239(m): 9:37am On Jun 10
oya let Mr banner ban whatsapp, Facebook Instagram and co if they don't come for licensing. slowpoke

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by IMASTEX: 9:37am On Jun 10
Solely to use the means to regulate and further silent the voice of the people.

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by neighbourhud(m): 9:37am On Jun 10
lipsrsealed
Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by obembet(f): 9:37am On Jun 10
Media in Nigeria is dying gradually. 20% left..

They will soon come to nairaland

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by Starships4u(m): 9:37am On Jun 10
Kilo kan wa?
We would all get sense in Nigeria...


Voting some people without vision and just mission to steal.

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by PlayerMeji: 9:38am On Jun 10
Hmmm
Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by Tetehjewels: 9:38am On Jun 10
These so called experts are beyond dolts. Do they not know they are already paying for the services of these social media Giants? Is data free?
A lot of them pay to promote their tweets or products as sponsored tweets.


Why are they talking stupidly? If Twitter can make money off the citizens of different countries despite being domiciled and registered in USA then they should be registered in the countries they are accessed in and also make money from.

This is simple common sense. You cannot be making money from Nigeria and paying taxes to USA. That is madness

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by Nackzy: 9:38am On Jun 10
APC and their supporters no get sense?

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by hacmond(m): 9:38am On Jun 10
Lol. Naija with cruise.

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by Ijaya123: 9:38am On Jun 10
Confused government.

Bunch of incompetent fools, with lack of capacity to lead in modern times like this who keep disgracing us every inch of the way. Very pathetic lots!

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by BruncleZuma: 9:38am On Jun 10
grin grin grin grin
Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by Divoc19(f): 9:38am On Jun 10
Ok. The Minister of Information and Culture and the National Broadcasting Commission work together. It doesn't matter who is calling the shot here.

People must always react to new things.

Let the interest of Nigeria and it's citizens be protected.

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by tosine102: 9:38am On Jun 10
Means we'll be paying to access twitter

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by Obanaijacom: 9:39am On Jun 10
olodo president and olodo APC

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by chukiz(m): 9:39am On Jun 10
A.P.C is fanatically useless

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by mamdanju: 9:39am On Jun 10
Stupid expert

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by IMASTEX: 9:39am On Jun 10
Nackzy:
APC and their supporters no get sense?
It will eventually tie them. If not for a greater good, I would loved the govt to ban all social media & see how they will get their 30k online job.

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by Prettylima(f): 9:39am On Jun 10
This country make una continue embarassed
Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by Cocobongo(m): 9:40am On Jun 10
cheesy if we should pay for advertising on all this social media platform, then they should pay taxes to any country where its been used
Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by Cocobongo(m): 9:40am On Jun 10
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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by omonighoblessing(f): 9:40am On Jun 10
I hope those that voted this govt in are happy now..... Radarada shior!!!! Mtcheeeew

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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by Cocobongo(m): 9:40am On Jun 10
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Re: Experts Fault FG’s Move To Licence Whatsapp, Instagram, Others by TheVoice21(m): 9:40am On Jun 10
When you dont know what to do,; you do anything anyhow:
https://www.nairaland.com/6594507/twitter-insecurity-wreaking-us

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