Viber, WhatsApp, others adversely affecting our business in Nigeria, says MTN

The Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of MTN Nigeria, Mr. Ferdinand Moolman, has disclosed that the activities of ‘over-the-top’ companies like WhatsApp, Viber have adverse effects on its business and affects the sustainability of Nigeria’s telecommunications industry.

Moolman stated this yesterday while highlighting factors affecting Nigeria’s telecommunications industry, at a hearing convened by Senate Committee on Communications. The hearing chaired by the vice-chairman of the committee, Adeola Olamilekan, was organised following the now suspended data tariff hike by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.

While identifying the factors, he said, “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.”

Mentioning WhatsApp, Viber and the likes, the MTN boss pointed out that these companies were eroding gains of Nigeria’s telecom companies and asked Nigeria to take action like the United Arab Emirates did.

He identified another factor as the inability of operators to access foreign exchange, explaining that “this is particularly debilitating given that most of our inputs are sourced off-shore. This has very significantly increased both operating and capital expenses.”



  1. Stupid network provider! All they crave is monopoly. Unfortunately for you, we are at times when competition is high and you have to up your game.

    Leave naija if business is no longer profitable.


  2. I can’t believe what I’ve just read. It gives a clear picture of why corporate greed has continued to drag us backward, creating a huge social and economic inequalities.

    This is 2016 Mr CEO, it’s called competition and put consumers in the driving seat. Viber, whatsapp and the lot don’t pay taxes in Nigeria or contribute to our social development! Did you just say that ?

    They have revolutionised the industry across the world, helping people in Nigeria and across the world to communicate with friends and family, saving millions from greedy companies like yours and yet (directly/indirectly) driving your business growth as Nigerian, just like rest of the world still require internet access (have to buy data) to use the facilities.

    My advise to you and the rest of the corporate sharks in Nigeria is to learn from the rest of the world, open your eyes, think outside of the box, respond to the market, adjust your business practises and stop pushing Nigerians down the poverty lines, creating social and economic injuries with price hike

  3. Oh ! How I wish VIBER, WHATSAPP and others can also device a means to deliver satellite network to the public, so as to checkmate the excessive greed of DSTV
    Hopefully such innovation would soon come up
    Awon ole
    Ndi ori

  4. This man thinks we are still in 1960. Stop whining Mr CEO, either up your game OR close shop and relocate to your village. Need not say more, comments above have said it all.

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