WiFi-Forum cautions against OTT regulation


The Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa (WFFSA) has urged the country's mobile networks to develop innovative ways to benefit from OTT (over-the-top) technologies or risk redundancy. WFFSA chair Andile Ngcaba said the internet cannot be governed and must be embraced, referring to misguided moves to regulate OTT services. Far from being a threat, he said OTT applications such as WhatsApp are motivating to Africa's youth. Ngcaba said every young person wants to develop the next WhatsApp and people should be encouraging the building and exporting of apps, not trying to wish them away in a spirit of complacency. 

South Africa's Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services held hearings on 26 January based on the Committee's intention to better understand the possible regulation of OTT services. Calling for SMS text messages to be free, Ngcaba said there is no evidence that OTT services are harming telecom revenues.
Source: Telecompaper 28 January 2016