27: Mobile Service Providers In Africa Call For Regulation Of OTT Services Such As WhatsApp

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Last week it was Strive Masiyiwa's Econet Zimbabwe alluding that OTT (over the top) services such as WhatsApp and BBM are the reason they are seeing a drop in voice calls revenue and overall revenue.

Now this week, MTN South Africa CEO, Mteto Nyati, has called for South Africa's communications regulator, ICASA, to look into regulating these OTT players because they haven't invested anything in telecoms infrastructure and they are "reaping large profits".

Is this a fair call?

Isn't it up to us as customers what we use the data we purchase from mobile service providers for?

Or do we need to protect African mobile service providers from OTT services reaping profits from their infrastructure investments?

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Also, this week, Tefo Mohapi (Andile Masuku is on medical leave) covers interesting technology, digital and innovation news from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya.