MTN: Whatsapp, Viber, Others Affecting Our Business in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria cried out saying the activities of ‘over-the-top’ companies like WhatsApp, Viber has adverse effects the profit rate of their operations. 

According to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Ferdinand Moolman,
“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”.
He said companies like Whatsapp, Viber, etc were eroding gains of Nigeria’s telecom companies and asked Nigeria to take action like the United Arab Emirates did.

He said
“This is particularly debilitating given that most of our inputs are sourced off-shore. This has very significantly increased both operating and capital expenses.”

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