Telecoms To Block Skype, WhatsApp And Facebook Calls To Boost Revenue

Telecommunication companies in Nigeria are willing to address concerns over revenue loss from international calls, by blocking Skype, WhatsApp and Facebook calls, the telecoms are planning to generate revenue. Here are the details.


They want to hit a revenue target of 20 trillion Nigeria by blocking subscribers from accessing Skype and other Over-the-Top services. In order to move forward with the action plan, telecos have to ban data calls for the purpose of boosting the rate of profitability in phone calls.

Subscribers may also be prevented from performing certain functions like voice and video calls on Facebook-owned WhatsApp Messaging service The companies also say that issue with services such as Skype are that calls can be placed to recipients on traditional telephone networks. Calls to other users within the Skype Voice service are free-to-charge, while calls to landlines, will obviously priced, are charged via a debit-based user account system.

The telecom operators in the country have said international calls made up the bulk of their revenue due to Nigeria’s large diaspora population, bu that is not the Nigerian Communication Commission is doing enough to regulate the sector and keep them in business. An United Kingdom-based research and analytics company that about $386 billion would be lost over a period of six years, between 2012 and 2018, from Nigerian customers using the OTT voice applications.

 “Generally, the main fear of the telecoms operators here will be that customers will increasingly use Skype as a substitute for conventional international calls,” said Mattew Reed, the Principal Analyst at Informa Telecoms and Media.

While the increasing rise in players who provide voice and SMS text, or apps such as WhatsApp, Skype, BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook and Viber, is eating into the voice revenue of Nigeria’s telecommunications companies, so they took the decision to black Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook calls.

(According to Africa.CGTN)

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