The data call over the instant messaging applications in the country has really evolved as it has indeed helped reduce cost of mobile communication over voice calls. However, as economical as the medium seem to its subscribers, some aggrieved party are basically on the losing end.
Telecommunication companies in Nigeria are aggrieved over the seemingly lowering rate of voice call subscribers due to the cheaper rate users enjoy via Whatsapp, Skype and other related platforms especially on international calls. In reaction, they may possibly take actions to block data bundle subscribers on their platform from making calls through these instant messaging applications. These would be a constructive mean ensure a continued increase value in their revenue.
Quoting The Punch, the telecommunication service providers (also referred to as Telcos) are seeking to address their loss on international calls having invest so much on advancement and developpment and are looking to raise revenue of N20trillion.
Moreover, if this eventually happens, it will take subscribers back to times when only the high international call rates are the available options to reach loved ones and business partners oversee.
‘This may lead to subscribers being unable to carry out voice and video calls on WhatsApp, Facebook and some other Over-The-Top (OTT) services.’ –Dailypost.ng
A manager at one of the major telecos companies in the country speaking about the issue said:
“It is an aggressive approach to stop further revenue loss to OTT players on international calls, having already lost about N100tn between 2012 and 2017.”
“If we fail to be pro-active by taking cogent steps now, then there are indications that we may lose between N20tn and N30tn, or so, by the end of 2018.”
It was also revealed that the proliferation of apps like WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook, BlackBerry Messenger and Viber, was taking a big chunk of the voice revenue of telcos in the country.
In reaction to the news, the Managing Director, TechTrends Nigeria, Mr. Kenneth Omeruo, has however said:
“I am not aware of this development but globally, operators and network equipment makers don’t really embrace Skype,”
“They liken Skype to an individual who takes undue advantage of other people’s generosity without giving anything in return.
“Globally, there is this apprehension among telecoms operators that Skype only steals their customers, while they invest billions of dollars to build, expand and upgrade networks”, he added.