The Nigerian regulatory body, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is likely to set up a regulatory framework for the control of over-the-top (OTT) technology services. This will happen if the NCC validates the findings of a study carried out by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) on the benefits and challenges of OTT services in Nigeria.
The CTO report, which was presented to the Nigerian ICT industry, will be published on June 19, 2018, and it will present key issues and recommendations on OTT services. The CTO report was sequel to a stakeholders’ consultation session that was organised by the NCC on May 30. It was expected to provide the industry with an opportunity to discuss and validate the findings.
“Following the widespread use of OTTs and ICTs, and the emergence of data security issues, some of which are not limited by physical jurisdictions and cross-national borders, it is vital that Nigeria establishes legislation on data protection and privacy which ensures the protection of personal data in Nigeria,” said secretary-general of CTO, Shola Taylor.
Participants at the event discussed the findings of the study, underlining specific issues and recommendations which are relevant to the Nigerian context.
The executive commissioner, Stakeholders Management at NCC, Sunday Dare said: “It has now become vital for Nigeria to come up with regulatory approaches that not only address the peculiarities of the Nigerian ‘OTT’ context but also ensure positive outcomes for consumers, traditional service providers, OTTs, and the federal government. The CTO’s OTT report is an excellent start to doing just that.”