To ensure a speedy resolution of the current suspension of Twitter activities in Nigeria, the Association of Telecommunications uCompanies of Nigeria (ATCON) has said OTT platforms of which Twitter is one, is an integral part of the Digital Economy that the Federal Government is promoting.
The telecoms association has therefore announced to the general public that it is working closely with relevant stakeholders to ensure there is a speedy resolution of the current suspension of Twitter activities in Nigeria.
In its official statement on the development which has resulted in the telecom Regulator issuing a directive to the service providers to deny access to the services of Twitter in Nigeria, the President of ATCON, Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani stated that while the Association and its member Companies understand the position of the Federal Government, the reasons for the directive, and have complied with the directive, it is pertinent that the issue is resolved soon in the interest of all.
While emphasizing that the OTT platforms of which Twitter is one, is an integral part of the Digital Economy that the Federal Government is promoting, Nnamani said when an unfortunate disagreement arises with respect to the user policies, it is good it is resolved in a timely manner.
This is according to an estimation report by a data-driven online service, NetBlocks on the economic cost of internet disruptions on its cost of shutdown tool (COST) platform.
The platform, built on Brookings Institution and CIPESA methodologies, estimates the economic cost of internet shutdowns, mobile data blackouts, and social media restrictions using public economic indicators relating to the global digital economy.
Checks on the COST platform show that a single-day total internet shutdown will cost the country about N48.6 billion in economic value relating to the global digital economy.
According to the data, if Nigeria shuts down WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, it will lose N10.9 billion daily.