Telecommunications operators in the country say the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) remains the appropriate agency to register and license Over-The-Top (OTT) service providers, and not the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) as directed by the Federal Government.
While the telcos have expressed backing to the proposed move by the Federal Government to register the OTT operators, they, however, maintained that the NCC remains the appropriate body to reigter and regulate operations within that ub-sector.
OTT is part of the Quad Play of Broadbands, which refers to telephony, television, internet and other mobile services.
Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo while agreeing that ‘the licensing of OTT has to happen, but certainly not by NBC but NCC,’ further added that: “Over the Top (OTT) is a layer on communication channels provided on telecom services: it’s part of the Quad Play of Broadbands, which refers to Telephony, Television, Internet and other Mobile Services.
”It is part of the convergence of telecommunications and broadcasting and the regulator of the base infrastructure should be responsible for licensing of the players which in this case and in our understanding is the Nigeria Communications Commission.”