Broadcast Regulation

Nigeria: Licensing Of Web TV And Online Radio Receives Mixed Reactions

Mixed reactions have met the recent move by Nigeria's federal government to license online radio and TV stations.
While some welcomed the new development, critics said that the move is wrong and cannot be justified.

The proposed licensing of online TV and radio stations is part of the reforms in the broadcasting industry that were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lai Mohammed, minister, Information and Culture, has however insisted that WebTVs and radio stations, as well as foreign broadcasters that beam signals into Nigeria, will be licensed to bring sanity to the industry. 

In the telecommunications sector, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is under pressure over how to successfully regulate the country's OTT players, which have been described as a threat to traditional telecoms operators. 

Prof. Umar Danbatta of NCC urged mobile operators to restructure their business models to increase their revenue, which is falling because of various challenges, including those caused by OTTs.

Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman of Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), said that OTT services in Nigeria had brought many displacement effects on operators.

He said that data showed that voice minutes had been declining because of the impact of OTT and telcos were losing money to this trend.


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